Hello All! Ive finally taken some time to photograph a few more ''wingtips'' Upcoming tips on curling feathers, and lamelaa ''transfer''. This Wingtip has basically been done on a prior posting as bird artist, Aaron showed us the technique with some great old reference to the method written in an old taxidermy manual. I was mounting an Emperor goose today and used the technique plus I had taken pictures prior to that posting so I figured I would elaborate a little on it. Basically its a very simple method to help hold feathers in position while drying, I personally used it mostly on game farm birds or any specimen which had an excess of fat and when fleshed have a tendency to ''blow out'' meaning you could put a body three times larger and still have slack. I mount the birds in my normal manner and then when grooming etc is complete I come back and ''WRAP" my cotton thread around the body in KEY areas to pull the feathers and skin into proper anatomical position. This method works great on such birds BUT also when properly done helps out the anatomy on most any bird. I personally do not bend or insert wires to help hold the thread as I have several pins with other carding etc which I can wrap the thread around to reverse direction etc as you wrap the bird. I know some will think that if the anatomy of whats inside is correct you don't need to do this method and thats partly true BUT I feel it is one step which is good to know in certain circumstances. The following pics should help, GOOD LUCK!!!!