I'm just learning the art of bird taxidermy. When fleshing a turkey on a wire wheel, I have trouble with the wheel wearing holes in the feather butts. Will these feathers eventually come out? I know they will if I overflesh and burn through the hide around the feather. I have changed wheels and noticed that a finer wheel definitely makes it worse. What am I doing wrong? Or what can I do to correct this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Work it down by hand then wire wheel it this will say the feather butts, but no it will not hurt the mount normally.
I sounds like your trying to over flesh the turkey. They have the toughest skins around. I like a course brush when I do tukeys. It does a quicker job on removing fat.
Are you fleshing from the tail to the head of the bird? This may be a proplem also. You may be working against the quills and burning them this way. A finer wheel should not do what your trying to explain. So thats why it leads me to belive that your going against the quills and not with them.