Elaine’s Question: (Excerpted)


Hi Bill,
On my last eagle, I split a lot of wing and tail feathers.  What do you think for this one?  How do I gage which feathers to ripple? I see a big difference in the tail that we rippled together, but don’t quite know on the wings.  I suspect just the larger feathers some.
I would like to make an appointment with the paint department to paint my eagle the first week in February if possible.  Kevin’s Eagle Court of Honor is scheduled for Feb. 11th.
Elaine Rasp

Bill’s Reply: (Excerpted)

Elaine: Apparently, you are now a bona fide “Carver of Eagles”! Wheee! You make my day. A very persistent and talented lady. If the splits were a favorable addition to Eagle #1, so will they on #2. You make the call. Splits are good. Riffles are best carved on the wider sections of tail and wing-primaries. On a real feather, the wider sections, by design, are more “flexible” than the shorter which are stiffer and un-riffable.  Riffles are always on the more flexible sections and never on the stiffer! So, apply them sparingly and on the wider-section (side) of the quill, in all instances and in that fashion. For symmetrical purposes, reflect similar features on both the right and the left sides of the Eagle. Forget smaller feathers on the tail and on the wings; no riffles for them.
What days in February prior to the 11th, you’ll require several, other than Sundays and Mondays are good for you to paint in February?  She likes to start at 10a.m.  Please advise at your earliest; not that we’re headed for Maui or anythin’… Brrrr.

Happy birding and carving, Bill

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3