I started on a feather stick maybe a fancy one. this one is made from green birch. here's a few photos a chunk of birch about a soda can in dia and about 4 foot long. I peeled the bark back about 7 to 8 inches from the end. I ended up choosing another chunk of birch, the grain wasn't just right. I strip back some feathers up against the bark, it looks of a rats nest then when I had a bunch pulled back I fastened back the feathers and cut off h left over nub then I started stripping feathers the back the other way then after enough feathers were peeled back from the other end I fastened them up against the first back of feathers. Much to my dismay I realized I cut them a tad short. That's ok it will still function. Dang, I started on a feather stick and by the time it was about done, it ended up a woodland Cree broom. I'll wrap the feathers with a chunk of babiche and thin down the handle with a axe.