Beginners Tool List

 

Thinking of starting taxidermy? Welcome! I am so thrilled you are joining our industry.

 

Below I have put together a list, with links, of the tools I feel that would be good for a beginner joining the industry.  I own all of these tools below, and use them daily. If you have any questions about learning taxidermy, please don't hesitate to contact me. Alternatively, see the 'mentorship' and 'tuition' boxes  'here'.

Gloves

 

As a precaution, I recommend wearing gloves for all preperation of skins.

Vinyl: https://amzn.to/3D4e7g0

Latex: https://amzn.to/3N7EB4T

Pliers/Wire Cutters

Useful for cutting bone, but also for wire work.

https://amzn.to/3N5Ltzr

Fine Needles

Depending on what you are working on, a selection is useful. Go as small as you can on small birds.

https://amzn.to/3IuMLAt

Curved Syringe

Useful for the application of caulk.

https://amzn.to/3qmtZVP

Spray Bottles

Great for dousing your specimens with isopropyl or water whilst you are working on them.

https://amzn.to/3ugHqYN

Spring Scissors

Great for accuracy in both skinning and finishing. 

https://amzn.to/3wjNK4j

Hairdryer with Cool Setting

Essential for drying all skins. 

https://amzn.to/3wmFII2

Hot Glue Gun

For attaching wire to inside skull.

https://amzn.to/3KZHTFj

Scalpel Handles

 

Having an assortment of sizes will be useful for different elements of preparation.
 

No.3: https://amzn.to/3JrHqeK

No. 4: https://amzn.to/3uaBP64

No. 7: https://amzn.to/3CY1aUE

Tweezers

Good to have a selection of tweezers for both preparation and grooming. Try to avoid cross contamination. 

https://amzn.to/3qh69Lm
https://amzn.to/36dU0Qf

Thread

Good to have an assortment of thicknesses for different strengths of skin.

https://amzn.to/36dZhaD
https://amzn.to/37MujXF

Fine Pins

In my experience I find entomology pins to be the best for the purpose of taxidermy!

https://amzn.to/3Iuijqi

 

Isopropyl Alcohol

For thawing fragile bird skins.

https://amzn.to/3ijKoWz

Epoxie Sculpt 

For anything that requires sculpting, bird faces, repairing beak, hiding wires on branches, building up dioramas etc.

https://amzn.to/3qjXveK

Clay

For filling the skull cavity and helping to restore muscle on face.

https://amzn.to/3IoqMvi

Display Stand/Perch

You can make this from scratch if you prefer but you will need something to mount your birds to.

https://amzn.to/3KW3mz1

Scalpel Blades 

 

Varying sizes of blades to fit the aforementioned handles.

Size 10: https://amzn.to/366ig77

Size 11: https://amzn.to/3Juqu7e

Size 26: https://amzn.to/3qmNOfU

Galvanised Wire

I keep a large inventory of assorted sizes of galvanised wire as different birds require different gauges.

1mm: https://amzn.to/3Itgg5M
2mm: https://amzn.to/3IuMMV3

Copper Wire

Particularly useful on small birds wings/legs. Keep an assortment of gauges.

0.5: https://amzn.to/36yX9Kf

Precision Scissors

Incredibly useful for both prep and mounting. Avoid cross contamination with two pairs if you can.

https://amzn.to/3qjWRxQ

Wood Flour

I use this to give me grip when skinning bird skins.

https://amzn.to/3qlW13J

Fine Point Sculpting Tool

Also useful for grooming as well as sculpting. 

https://amzn.to/36gsNwl

Fine Woodwool

For binding and making bodies.

https://amzn.to/3ubC29g