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Hackle Problem, Please Help

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I pulled out a Metz #1 grizzley saddle that I recieved in trade several months ago, only to find that allmost all of the smaller (sz. 14, 16, 18) feathers seem to be folded along their leganth. When I try to wrap the feather the quill wraps on fine but the barbs spike up on both sides of the quill with a pronounced valley in the middle.


On the skin it looks like one side of the quill is stripped b/c the barbs are folded against themselves.


I am a new member, but not a new tyer, but I have never seen this. Does anybody know if there is a way to correct this?




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Try steaming the feathers. If it works on an individual feather, try it for the whole saddle.

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