this is a simple instructable on how to make an excalibur quill out of a goose feather
the excalibur part is for a report for school
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Step 1: Pick Your Feather
if you live in an area with a load of geese like i do(Bend Oregon) then this will be easy for you. i do not know if this will work with other kinds of feathers since the only other feathers i can find are pheasant feathers in my dads fly tying kit. i will show you the basic steps on how to tie a free style fly (i hate following normal deschutes river fly patterns) in another instructable sooner or later.
enough about me so find your goose feather or other feather (please comment on whether the feather works or not and tell what kind of feather it is if it works). make sure the size feels right in your hand. also make sure it is pretty shiny and soak it in soapy water for about thirty minutes(this is just for cleaning purpose and it can be only like two minutes or two days, but i have no idea if it affects how good the quill will be)and let dry over night or dry with towels(this ruffles the feather though)
Step 2: Peeling the Feather
this is super easy just tke the feather fibers frow about one inch up the beginning and peel them off
if some of the feather "shell" comes off it is not a big deal unless it goes over a really thin area on the "shell" which are mostly found on thinner feathers
Step 3: Finding a Thick Area and Rough Sharpening
you will need scissors or some other kind of cutters with two edges(i have a handy little plier clipper thing)
so find a thick spot by gingerly squeezing areas on the feather "shell"
once you find a thick spot take the scissors/cutters/snippers/whatever cut at desired angle
by the way its okay if your quill splits from the tip down like a quarter inch just cut lower on the feather
Step 4: Fine Sharpening
just take the rough tip against knfe sharpener(fine sandpaper might work to) and grind till sharpened
the best sharpener is a knife sharpener with a groove in it(probably for sharpening fly hooks again me and my dad are big fly fishermen) so you can jus fit the tip in the groove and sharpen to a fine point
Step 5: NAME YOUR QUILL
in this step just write the name of your quill on the shiny side of it in sharpie
you should probably find someting else to write it with because it is hard with sharpie
you don't even need to name it just helps you know which is yours
p.s. the writing is backwards because of the camera on the computer
Step 6: Finished
you are finally finished
if the feathers are in your way then just peel off a few more fibers until it is fine
i tried to make ink before but it did not work that well so until i find a good recipe just use an ink stone or maybe you can find and inkwell at Michaels Craft Store or something
any way please nice criticism this is my first instructable