Suitable for complete beginners

If you’ve ever fancied giving taxidermy a go then why not come along to one of our one-day taxidermy courses? You’ll learn everything required to start doing your own projects and no former experience is required. During the lesson you’ll learn the processes of skinning, cleaning, mounting and finishing a mouse, rat or rabbit and you can transfer these skills to pretty much any other small animal you’re likely to encounter.


General information

To become a skilled taxidermist takes years of practice but after this class, you will have the knowledge to create your own mounts and the option to take your interest in the art of taxidermy that one stage further.

You’ll learn everything you need to get you started on your new hobby in a single class but I’d love to have you back for further classes in the future and will let you know when more advanced classes are available, like “Make a Mutant” or “Mythical Beasts”.

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  • Classes are run from my home workshop in Pontywaun, South Wales. It’s just off the M4 (Junction 28) and easy to get to via public transport too

  • The classes are generally held on a Saturday starting at 10.00am or 10.30am but please check the event listings for any variations

  • End times will vary depending on how many people are attending, the size of your animal and if we hit any snags along the way. As a rule of thumb though, plan for about 5pm

  • Classes are kept small (maximum of 6 places) to ensure that each person gets plenty of attention and assistance when required

  • A buffet lunch is provided and you will leave with your completed piece at the end of the day

What animals can I choose?

I usually have a range of mice, rats and small rabbits in stock but occasionally can offer guinea pig, hamster and other more unusual specimens. You can make your selection during checkout and I always try my best to make sure you work on your preferred animal. However, if you book with very short notice it may not be possible to source your animal in time and it may be necessary to make a substitution (I’ll contact you beforehand if this is the case). Unfortunately I cannot offer larger animals on the beginner sessions due to the time restraints of holding the class in a single day.

For beginners, I would recommend starting on a rat as they are a nice sized animal to work with and generally turn out looking very good.

None of the animals used are killed specifically for the class. See my ethical policy for more details.


Is it messy or dangerous?

The days of using formaldehyde and arsenic are thankfully long over and you won’t encounter any harsh or dangerous chemicals during your class. You will be provided with gloves, aprons and sanitary equipment. Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a strong constitution and maturity are necessary (see the photo gallery section for examples). All animals are disease free and ethically sourced – nothing was killed specifically for this class. Animals used in this class are discards from the feeder/pet food industry or naturally deceased. Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Are there any age restrictions?

Everybody is different so no, we don’t impose any arbitrary age restrictions. I have met some very mature 13 and 14-year-olds and some incredibly childish 40+ year-olds (of which I am very proud to be one) so I leave the decision entirely up to you. Please bear the following in mind though…

  • Under 18’s will require a parent or guardian’s consent

  • Under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian

  • There will be some very sharp scalpels

  • Blood etc is minimal but will be encountered

  • Smelly bits are almost guaranteed too

  • Any tomfoolery or shenanigans will result in the person being removed from the class

  • All class fees are nonrefundable 


Getting Here

You’ll receive more detailed information when you book your class but here are the basics of getting to the Morbitorium.

By car

The Morbitorium is located in Pontywaun, a small village few miles north of the M4 (Junction 28). For sat-nav users, the postcode is NP11 7GG

By train

Catch the Ebbw Vale train from Cardiff Central to Crosskeys (our nearest train station). We’re about a 5-10 minute easy walk from the train station.

By bus

If you’re coming from Newport then you’re better off on the bus. Stagecoach buses 151 and X15 run direct from Newport bus station almost to the door.


Class feedback

Some of the things that previous students have had to say…


Photo gallery

These should give you a better idea of the sort of thing you’ll be encountering during the class

If you find any bits too difficult or gross then I’m always at hand to help out



After-class support is all part of the package at the Morbitorium

Sometimes it can be difficult to take notes or to retain all the information from the classes, especially when you’re busy skinning a rabbit. That’s why I have set up the student area page. It’s a password-protected page (you’ll receive the login details once the class is over) where you can download a spare copy the notes and get reminders and tips of what equipment is best to buy.