I wonder who that poor soul (wingshooter) is???? Although I understand a certain wager may prove otherwise by seasons end
Scott, Do you make the wood base yourself? Is the base of the tail feathers glued in place? I'd like to try one like it myself.
K9wernet, My simple method: I don't scrape all the skin and fat off the base of the tail, so have to wait for it to dry in the basement. I carefully spread the tail fan out on a piece of cardboard & thumb tack the end feathers in place to hold it open. I put salt under & on top of the base area, cover the tail & base with a couple paper towels and place a heavy book on top to hold it down and in place. I then wait a couple months for it to dry. Once dry, the tail is permanently spread nicely open. Wipe the salt off.
I cut a piece of leather in an oval shape to fit over the top and bottom of the base then hot clue the leather over the base & quill ends.
It has worked for me. Hope this helps.