Hey all, This is my first post, but I have been reading along and watching these post for over a year, learning as much as I could before I tried to do some of my own birds. This is only my 4th bird, and I am not progressing as quickly as I thought I would to say the least, but I am having a lot of fun learning! My biggest struggles come with fleshing the skin, and getting the wings to set in the wing pocket well. I just recently built a flesher out of a bench grinder and used it on two birds, one black duck and a gadwall, with mixed results. I didn't experience the burning or tearing as I was very careful not to apply too much pressure, but I definitely didn't get enough fat off, and I will still have to go back over it with scissors, so I didn't really get much benefit from the machine? Hopefully Ill be able to meet up with a real taxidermist and see how to get the skin as clean as possible. (Yes I have checked the previous 1000 posts on fleshing, I just need to see it done by an expert to really get it) Anyway, this bufflehead was in the freezer for a year, and I don't posses the skills to remove and re hydrate the freezer dried feet, so I figured I would try it an see how it came out. I have since painted the feet. I will do better to take better pictures this weekend, but this will have to do.