The Montana School of Taxidermy and
Tanning now offers a unique one of a kind commercial
tanning course. For years, the number of taxidermists
has increased at a substantial rate but the number
of commercial tanneries has not, creating an enormous
back log for existing tanneries and a golden opportunity
for someone to get into business and be successful.
Never before has anyone been able
to learn the complete art of tanning under one roof.
Our classes are small, maximum of seven students,
and our facility - modern and large ,complete with
all the equipment necessary to operate a commercial
tannery. Students learn by hands-on training and
practical experience. Even though the theory behind
tanning formulas must be taught, two thirds of the
course is hands-on training. Not only will students
master several tanning formulas, but will also learn
how to build and operate all the equipment necessary.
Upon graduation, students will be knowledgeable
enough to open their own tannery.
In recent years, the Montana School
of Taxidermy and Tanning has improved the most advanced
tanning formulas and tanning techniques used in
the world. Our system, developed right here in Montana,
tans faster and is more thorough than any other
tanning method used today.
For example, tanning a buffalo hide,
which used to take from beginning pickle through
the actual tanning bath several days to over one
week, can now be done in one fourth the time (one
day to be exact).
Our students enjoy attending the Montana
School of Taxidermy. Student excitement builds week
by week as their tanning knowledge grows and skin
by skin they begin to realize that tanning is really
going to work for them. Students who complete our
Commercial Taxidermy course can take the tanning
course for a $500 reduction in price.
Our daily schedule is quite simple.
Students begin their day with instruction on tanning
procedures, step by step, and end the day with valuable
hands-on training by tanning their own skins using
the most modern tanning equipment know. We build
our students ability to tan daily and by the end
of our course, they have a complete understanding
of all facets of tanning. One student set our class
records at 56 skins and twenty five of those skins
were African life-size. Click to the photo album
to see the results.
Several of our students own and operate
existing tanneries and others are currently developing
their own. Don't wait and pass up your opportunity
for the independence of self-employment or to make
your existing taxidermy studio more independent
and profitable. Call us, e-mail us, or write, but
don't wait and let your opportunity pass!
Fishing in Montana in June is not
bad either. If the weather holds, I normally take
each class on a 19 mile float down into the Dearborn
Canyon. Fishing is good and the scenery is fantastic.
P.S. Don't take my word for it. Check
out what our students to have been doing in our
latest Photo Album.
176 hours (actual course work). Class begins each March 7, ends March 25, and students
attend class 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., five days per
- Aluminum Sulfate
- Lutan - F
- TX-72 and
- Washing, Relaxing
- How to build equipment
- Shop Layout
- Wet tan vs. Dry Tanning
- Equipment building class (wet
wheels, sanders, shavers, degreasers, tumblers,
and staking machine