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Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!

Take Home Kit


Hi Guys, 

If you are interested in purchasing a take home kit it will include: 

- Tanned and prepped Squirrel Skin 

- All the tools used in the 3 days 

- Sample finishing kit 

- Exclusive access to a death mask casting tutorial video by Allis 

- Optional access to at a reduced fee to a tanning tutorial by Allis 

- All the instructions for the 3 days 

The cost of the kit is $475 and we have the instalment billing plan available so that you can pay the kit off between now and the class date. 

We currently have 19 for sale as the California fires caused havoc with sourcing squirrels.  We have been really lucky to source Western Gray squirrels for the class and take home kits. They look like this

Tim from the Natural history museum in Los Angeles alongside Allis and her assistant Paloma and hand preparing and tanning each gorgeous specimen for us. We are very very lucky to be able to have access to such great specimens. 

I need to close bookings for these off in 2 days as we need to order all the special tools etc in time for class, so please jump on now as we can't offer kits on the 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 (4 reviews)
28 January 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
I've done a few classes with Rest In Pieces now and have loved eveyone of them and this one was way above expectation in everyway! Nat and her team have gone above and beyond with the squirrel taxidermy class. The time and planning that would have gone it to this 3 day international class is astounding. To be able to have this opportunity is amazing and I can't thank Nat enough for bringing Allis over to teach us. The best three days! Highly recommend to anyone thinking about doing a taxidermy class!
28 January 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
What an AMAZING feat for Allis /Nat and all the team to have brought to Australia. I learned so much more at an intermediate level - extra pearls to take me that much farther. Their method of teaching works, its professional and fun- we laughed a lot. Nat ensures there is amazing healthy food. The other students are diverse in their backgrounds and bring another special addition to this skill and fellowship.
28 January 2019Rest in Pieces - Squirrels - Nuts about you!
Thanks Nat for a great 3 day squirrel intensive.......very happy with my squirrel, the level of instruction & the food was amazing. The only (minor) problem was the heat & I can hardly expect nyou to provide the weather too. Thanks to all the people involved in the event.
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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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