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Detroit Academy of Taxidermy

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of taking one of Mickey's taxidermy classes. Mickey is a friend of mine who owns and runs The Detroit Academy of Taxidermy, she teaches classes to students of all ages all around the world.
The class was an absolute blast! Mickey is a wonderful teacher. She was very helpful and super patient with everyone. She's just one of those people that can make you feel at ease no matter the situation.

My finished bunny.

The rabbits used for her classes come from a reptile food supply company called RodentPro. The skins are used in the classes for educational purposes and the rest of the remains are cleaned, re-frozen, and shipped to various past students whose dogs eat raw-meat diets, bones and all. Others use the meat to feed their families and the bones to make jewelry. Nothing is EVER killed for the sake of art and literally NOTHING goes to waste.

Like I mentioned above Mickey travels internationally(!!) teaching taxidermy. If you don't see a city near you on her class calender you can either sign up to be notified when she comes around or sign up to host a class which is way more simple than it sounds. All you need to provide is a table and chairs, she does the rest! You can find all the details here.

I highly recommend taking a class if you've ever had any interest in taxidermy. It's definitely not as gross as you'd think, I promise! Mickey's taught students as young as seven and even a group of mid-sixties women having a "girls' night out." How awesome is that!?

Be sure to check out Mickey's blog, Tails of a Taxidermist
xoxo

All photos, except the last one, by Zachariah Durr.
I know taxidermy isn't everyone's cup of tea but please keep all comments respectful and remember nothing is killed for taxidermy purposes.

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48 thoughts

  1. tiny bit disgusting but also oddly beautiful! ♥

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  2. Fantastic! And I'm glad that nothing is wasted. That sounds like a lot of fun, pitty it doesn't come to Europe :\

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    1. Sofia, it does! Mickey will travel anywhere to teach! You can sign up to host a class which is way more simple than it sounds. All you need to provide is a table and chairs, she does the rest!
      http://detroittaxidermy.com/book/

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  3. NO WAY! Urgh i have always wanted to try Taxidermy-ing!! Very jealous! xx

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  4. I've always been interested in how it was done. I wonder why I never looked into classes? Silly me.

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  5. This totally looks like something I would want to try at some point. But I don't think it is for the faint of heart.

    That's fantastic that Mickey will travel for a class. Maybe I'll look into it in the future!

    best,
    Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  6. You would make an excellent taxidermist. I say go for it!!

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  7. What an amazing idea! I would definitely consider hosting.

    Were there any guys involved? I am not a fan of guts.

    Chloe

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    1. I'm assuming you meant "guts" in that question instead of guys. Haha. But no, no guts. Unless, of course, you cut too deep. But essentially you're just taking off a bunny sweater and then stuffing that sweater.

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    2. Yes I meant 'guts' haha! Not sure I'd be up for it if it was bloody, but the way you describe it there is cute! Ha.

      chloe

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  8. I am so fascinated by this, but literally the only dead animal I get super sad over are bunnies (go figure) because they are my favorite! I am so glad nothing goes to waste and they are not killed for the art. I love that. :)

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  9. Oh man... I would love to host a class in KCMO; I know of at least ten people who would want to attend, if not more! I've always wanted to learn taxidermy, but I'm scared to try teaching myself, as I imagine it could go wrong really easily.

    Your rabbit looks great!

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    1. HOST ONE! Seriously. It was so much fun!

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    2. Yeah, like Kaylah said! Host a class. (If you host, you get to take the class for free!)

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  10. Wow!! This is interesting. Something I'd love to learn. Btw i can go on and on about how much I love your hair... You're such an inspiration!

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  11. It looks fantastically interesting ^_^ what a unique, unusual experience.

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  12. Oh wow, that is so strange and interesting at the same time! I didn't even know you can take classes like that, amazing!

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  13. I never realized that people actually travel around to teach this! I am excited at the possibility now. Thanks for sharing your awesome experience. =3

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  14. Taxidermy is such a strange and interesting hobby/job. Though some people may see it as cruel, it's so often used to help pay tribute to a beloved animal or a proud hunting moment. And it's super awesome that you took a class to learn about it! Also, Mickey is adorable! It must be awesome to tell people what she does for a living, you would never know it. Goes to show you can do whatever you want!

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    1. Eeep! Thank you! And I love telling people what I do - they never believe me at first!

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  15. It looks like you had so much fun! I'm so glad you got to experience this with not only a friend and professional, but that all parts of the animals are used and nothing is wasted. That's always my biggest fear with taxidermy and it's really nice to know there are perfectly ethical people out there! I've been really, really interested in it for a long time, but I don't know anyone else around me that would want to go to a class like that. I'll have to keep watch on her site to see if I can find a class near me already. Thanks so much for sharing this! I hope you keep at it and blog more about these things!

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  16. I love this - definitely considering saving up for a class soon :D

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  17. Your bunny is so gorgeous! Oh my goodness! Much cuter than my rat and gerbil!

    Becky
    xx

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  18. The third picture down just made me smile for some reason. Just the way he is handling the rabbit and how it's positioned, it just seems sweet somehow.

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  19. I learned how to taxidermy birds in high school, and thought it was pretty great. It's also a fabulous small talk conversation stimulator! Your finished bunny looks so cute!

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  20. This looks so bizarre and awesome. Your finished piece is wonderful! xoxo

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  21. i was signed up for her class in nashville, but it got cancelled from not enough sign ups. such a bummer, i really want to do it!

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    1. No it didn't! http://detroittaxidermy.bigcartel.com/product/nashville

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  22. I'm not sure I could ever do it myself, but it does fascinate me a little!

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  23. I love this! I could so do it but only if the animal died of natural causes. Mickey - will you be in Houston?

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    1. Next week! Yes! http://detroittaxidermy.bigcartel.com/product/houston Hope to see you there! PS, the best way to stay updated is to visit my website :) glad I saw your comment, though!

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  24. OH HOLY HAND GRENADE!!! I am SO happy you shared this and I'm heading to her blog now to learn more. Eeeep!!! I really want to do this!!! I've got a couple of taxidermy books and it's something I've been wanting to try...just haven't done anything yet.
    P.S. Your bunny is so cuuuute!

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  25. Bahahaha Hare Dryer! Love it! Looks like fun! I think it's great you got the bunnies from a reptile food company too. Fabulous!

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  26. I've always been interested in taxidermy thanks in part to my love of museums and the like. And that's what grabbed me about this class and post...the focus on education. The 'no waste' and 'no kill' for the procedures are also very desirable bonuses...

    I live in Athens, GA but I'm traveling near Savannah, GA on February 2nd and I'm seriously debating taking the class offered there!

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  27. This is soooo interesting and creepy and beautiful. Ugh, if only I weren't such a wimp. I got a little weirded out craving the turkey the other day. :/ I think I'm gonna have to grow a little backbone before I consider trying this myself, but I'm looking forward to seeing any more of your work if you decide to keep up with it. Your first one looks great!!

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  28. This is too sad for me as a bunny lady :(
    But I really love that you are so curious and ready to learn new stuff:)

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  29. I don't know if i have the, ahem, guts to do this, but i really like taxidermy a whole lot.
    And it's a rare and inflated activity where i'm from, so that could probably be an interesting career choice.
    That being said, i love your love for these things, is one of the many reasons why i love your blog.
    And I appreciate the fact that you said that nothing in the animal goes to waste.

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  30. Oh gosh, I'm so excited. I never would have thought she'd be coming to New Zealand but there it is, a class next September. I'm too thrilled.

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  31. Hey Kaylah!

    I just discovered this place called The Mutter Museum, have you ever heard of it? its in Philly! Its basically a museum of infectious diseases, mutations, skulls, and other really cool and interesting medical stuff. It sounded like something you might be interested in! you should look it up!

    Stephanie

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    1. Yep! I went a few years back, it's the best!!

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  32. oh my goodness! thank you so much for posting this! i'm always looking for something different to get my hubby for christmas and i was totally stumped this year but since she's coming to pgh in march, this will be PERFECT! you and mickey have saved christmas ;)

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  33. Thanks to you blogging about meeting Mickey a while back, which led to me lurking her website, I signed up for her Nashville class in March!!!! I am beyond excited! Taxidermy is something that has interested me for a while now but the closest "school" was about 3 hours from me. I can't wait! :)

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