1. Meanwhile I start carving the body. While mammals form reconstructions are all about anatomical detail (the better the detail, the higher the quality) bird forms are much more about general shape. It is the placement of the feathers and the pose that really makes a bird.
A body is reconstructed out of wood wool, which had been spun very tight to provide the wire armature a good solid basis. The glass eyes are also picked, matching the eyes we took out in colour and size as best as possible.
2. Once the tanning lotion and cleaning lotions have done their work in the bath it is time to spin or tumble dry the skin. Upon seeing this stage most people never think the skin will look like anything that ever resembled ‘the original’, but you’ll be amazed at what years of experience and a good hair-dryer can do!