Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop


Rest in Pieces invites you to attend this very special, introductory Taxidermy Workshop. The course will take you on your own journey into this fascinating art form and will help you come to grips (literally!) with some of the techniques involved in creating taxidermy.

Throughout the day you will learn how to skin and preserve your little rat, as well as how to mount him into a beautiful but very greedy cheese fiend. Everything will be supplied on the day including your rat, all the necessary tools, an apron, snacks, lunch, great company, and even a glass of celebratory bubbles!

While we have allowed 10 hours for the day we don't believe it will take this long. Of course, everyone works at their own pace but the sooner you finish the sooner you get to the glass of bubbles! : )

No previous taxidermy experience is necessary.

If you have a rat phobia we can provide a mouse but the rats have a very sweet face and are incredibly fluffy. Plus they are slightly larger than a mouse so they are easier to work on.

What to Bring

  • Extra layers in case the warehouse gets cool or warm! You never know 'cause it's Melbourne. 
  • Camera or camera phone. Get ready to #restinpiecestaxidermy and feel free to add @restinpiecestaxidermy to your instagram
  • A strong tummy

On the Day

  • Please arrive on time!
  • Don't forget to have breakfast as it will be a long day
  • Free parking is available on street

In order to finalise your booking, can you please provide the following information:

  • Dietary requirements?
  • What colour rat do you want? We will try our best to provide! Some commonly available colours are Black, Brown, Brown and White, Black and White, and Caramel.
  • Do you have a preferred name/nickname?
  • Tell us: How did you find out about Rest in Pieces?

Would you like to book a take home kit for $80?

Workshop + kit contains the following:

- Frozen rat

- Tools for skinning and mounting your specimen

- Products for preservation

- List of instructions used on the day 

Please note: if you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked-in luggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.

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Class Schedule

Sunday, November 12th 2017, 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM

What you will learn
  • Get up close and hands-on with the art of taxidermy.
  • How to turn your specimen into a piece of art that is full of life and character!
  • The correct technique and process of skinning and preserving and mounting a standing specimen.
What you will get
  • Your own specimen to work on (of course, your creation is yours to take home at the end of the day!)
  • Lunch (includes a glass of bubbles and great company!)
  • An amazing experience amongst like-minded people!
  • Would you like to purchase a take home kit? Select "Workshop + Kit" when you book this course. (Just add $80.)

What to bring
  • Camera or camera phone
  • A strong tummy
What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a Melbourne Warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Adults with a curious mind. If you are under 18 please contact Nat to discuss prior to booking.


Rest in Pieces

Vendor sincce 2015

Taxidermy - Taxis 'arrangement' + Derma 'skin'

Natalie Delaney-John has traveled far and wide to learn the art of taxidermy and has been mentored by some of the world's best and most awarded taxidermists. She is the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which launched Australia's first taxidermy workshops, conducts talks and has just released the Revival Kit so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

In 2016 the R.I.P team expanded to bring you Skeletal Articulation and Intermediate Taxidermy classes. Next year is set to see the team expand even further with the addition of Death Moth Entomology classes, a Taxidermy Taster class and Advanced classes.

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13 September 2017 • Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop

Tucked away, off the bustling main roads, Nat's studio houses a gorgeous array of life. There's the multi-talented Jason, who can memorise beverage preferences, shares fascinating tales and provides (much-needed, in my case) assistance with the beginner's taxidermy process. Also got a peak at Nat's Gucci model and musician who also handles select correspondence prior to the class. Upstairs is a warm sitting room with sensual furnishings and unusual specimens, not solely strange and bizarre oddities but well curated, aesthetically pleasing pieces with a thematic link, besides being specimens of taxidermy. There's something very intimate about cutting into something that was once alive, it creates a connection and during the small group workshop, this feeling does not get lost. Instead, it becomes a collective experience, an affinity that is rarely experienced. So, if you're hesitating about taking a taxidermy class, do it for the characters and interiors you'll encounter, on top of making your own specimen.


11 August 2017 • Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop

Great class in taxidermy. Nat is a very good teacher and made the class fun, provided clear instructions and lots of encouragement. The venue was also great for the class- lots of inspiration from taxidermied pieces and we were well equipped to taxidermy our rats. I'd recommend Rest in Pieces. Thanks Nat.


10 August 2017 • Rest in Pieces Taxidermy Workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed this class from start to finish. Nat and Jason did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. The instructions were really easy to follow, and Nat made sure we all understood and kept up. A fabulous and unique experience. I am keen to do more!!

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