Surry Community College will be holding an orientation for its taxidermy classes on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Pilot Center, 612 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain. An additional orientation session will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This free session is open to anyone who would like to visit the taxidermy classroom and lab, meet with the instructor to hear more about the class, learn about the associated costs, required tools and supplies, and see the training facility.
Advance registration for this orientation is requested by July 27. For more information or to register, call (336) 386-3618.
The orientation serves to prepare potential students for Surry’s taxidermy courses beginning in August.
The college will offer two sections of the Taxidermy: Fish, Reptiles, Small Game and Life-size course at The Pilot Center. Students can attend classes every other Saturday, Aug. 5 through Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or every Monday and Wednesday evening, Aug. 7 through Oct. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Instruction will focus on what it takes to mount both fish and reptiles, as well as small and life-size game. Topics covered include skinning, fleshing, tanning, and the drying of skins in addition to the correct use, alteration, and rebuilding of purchased manikins and other parts.
Two class sections of Surry’s Taxidermy: Advanced Techniques and Special Topics course will also be offered at The Pilot Center. Students who want to enroll in the course can choose between taking classes every other Saturday, Aug. 5 through Dec. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or every Monday and Wednesday evening, Aug. 7 through Oct. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.
This advanced taxidermy class is open to advanced taxidermists, past students or those enrolled in one of the other taxidermy courses. Topics can include: form alterations and form building, casting, molding, advanced painting and finishing methods, and artificial habitat molding. Participants may work on deer, fish, birds, or life-size projects of their choice and receive individualized instruction as needed.
Former SCC taxidermy student Kristal Eckard of Lenoir used the skills she learned in the classroom to start her own business as a taxidermist, and speaks highly of the instruction offer at the college.
Eckard said, “I commuted an hour and forty minutes one way, and it was definitely well worth it for the type of attention that you get here at Surry.”
Advance registration and payment of $183 class fee are required for either class. For more information, call (336) 368-3618. Visit www.surry.edu for information and registration form. For more updates on Surry’s Taxidermy courses, follow along on Facebook @SurryTaxidermy.