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Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!

3-Day Workshop

Over 20 people have attended this class


We are pleased to announce that Allis Markham of Prey Taxidermy in Los Angeles has joined forces with Rest in Pieces to bring you the first Australian instalment of our international skills exchange program. 

Allis is an award-winning taxidermist based in Los Angeles, California. Recently, she was named 'Third in the World' at the 2017 World Taxidermy Championships for her African Jacana.

If you are an existing RIP student who has completed the beginner taxidermy workshop and the Rabbit workshop then you will qualify for this unique and challenging class.

Throughout the 3 day workshop you will learn an extensive range of skills. You will begin the workshop with a fully tanned skin and work through all the hands on processes to finish off with a gorgeous Squirrel holding a little acorn.  You will also attend 2 seminars on moulding & casting as well as finishing for a complete end to end experience. 

As usual, the RIP team will take care of everything for you. All necessary tools along with your specimen, apron, food, drinks, and even wine will be provided on each day. 

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What you will learn

  • Day 1 - Anatomy 101, Rehydration of a tanned skin, wrapping a body and limbs from a tracing, moulding and casting & ear liner creation
  • Day 2 - Form creation, test fitting, clay work on the paws, fitting & sewing
  • Day 3 - Posing, facial sculpting and refinement, pinning and finishing demonstration

What you will get

  • Your own tanned skin to work on
  • All the tools required for the 3-day workshop
  • Lunch, snacks, refreshments, and wine
  • A full 3-day intermediate experience
  • Spend time with like-minded people and a wonderful community

What to bring

  • Camera or camera phone
  • A strong tummy

What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a Melbourne Warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Intermediate R.I.P students who have completed the Rabbit Workshop

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424 Reviews

Taxidermy - Taxis 'arrangement' + Derma 'skin'

Natalie Delaney-John has travelled 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, demonstrations and now sells DIY kits so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

Since 2016, the Rest in Pieces team has expanded further into the 'dying arts', offering new classes and workshops aimed at preserving and presenting natural specimens. 

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5.0 (3 reviews)
07 February 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
Absolutely loved this class! We were incredibly lucky to have the chance to work on squirrels and luckier still to have the talented Allis teaching us! As always, the hospitality and guidance of the Rest In Pieces crew was on point. Looking forward to more RIP + Prey team ups!!
03 February 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
Excellent class. A LOT covered in the three days, always with expert support available when needed. Carefully planned and organised class. Very happy with skills acquired and final product made. Loved it.
01 February 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
Squirrels - Nuts about you! was an absolutely amazing experience. 3 full on days of learning and getting to know the community of people who love art, animals and taxidermy! Allis of Prey Taxidermy is a fantastic teacher, full of enthusiasm, humour, sass and of course detailed knowledge. Allis Paloma and Sofiya gave thorough attention to all students and that really helped sink in the concepts + actions of making the squirrel. P.S The food is absolutely delicious!

Refund Policy

If you have purchased an item from us and it arrives damaged, we will need photo evidence and the item returned.  We will then refund you or ship you out a replacement. 

If you have booked a workshop ticket we understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is to contact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us two weeks notice, we can offer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee. Transfer requests made with less than two weeks notice will incur a $50 admin fee. 

If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of the workshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus
$50 booking fee.

Unfortunately we won't be able to offer refunds for cancellations or class transfers received "last minute" - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop. 

COVID-19: If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have been advised to self-isolate by government mandates, please let us know as soon as possible and we can offer to transfer you to a future class. In these instances, "last-minute" requests for transfers will be allowed, but will attract a $50 admin fee. 

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rest in Pieces or organised by Rest in Pieces must agree to these terms and conditions:


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rest in Pieces.


I agree to give Rest in Pieces unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rest in Pieces classes and events or on Rest in Pieces' premises. (For use of Rest in Pieces marketing materials).


See refund section.


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit. Class cancellations may occur where necessary, for example where class bookings do not meet minimum numbers.

5.) COVID-19

Students agree not to attend classes if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if they have been advised to self-isolate in line with government restrictions. 

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