About 15 years ago at a wood carving show I came accross a booth that was selling what amounted to blueprints for various animals and birds. Well I bought a print for a life size Bald Eagle. The print layed around the shop for the next 10 years, I'ed look at it and think about how much work it would be. Finally a few years ago I decided to do it. The carving took about 3 months, the wood burned feathers took about 3 years. I could only stand to burn feathers for 1 or 2 hours at a time. All in all I don't think it's to bad. The bird has thousands of feathers. It is carved from laminated bass wood, there are all thread rod running through the legs into the body for stability. All the primary feathers were burned and added separately into a narrow groove on the trailing edge of the wing. The rock base is also carved basswood.