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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Church Windows, and Saddle Shoes
As a young boy growing up in the 1950's a big part of my attire was a brown and white oxford shoe. These shoe's were also known as "saddle shoes". I can remember the name brand of the saddle shoe mom bought us they were "Buster Brown". Great memories, and still vivid. I think the saddle shoe is still in production, maybe LL Bean stocks them.
Church windows, these are those feathers from a ringneck pheasant. They are called such because they look like church windows. These are great feathers in the construction of featherwing streamers. Their natural shape and color are perfect for the shoulder of a streamer, giving size, and a beautiful silhouette to the front of the streamer.
Below are the components and construction of a streamer I have named "Oxford"
Two saddle feathers are selected one white, which will be the base feather and a brown one which will be the top feather.
The bottom fibers of the brown feather are stripped away from the stem, leaving only the top of the feather. Care must be taken when stripping the fibers because they can tear the feather and you have two halves which are useless.
The brown feather is fitted on top of the white feather and matched to the natural center stem of the white of feather. A small amount of cement is used to hold the feathers. The cement is placed on the stems.
The church window feather is then matched and secured to the brown and white feather. The right and left wing assembly is then tied to the streamer body, and Jungle Cock feathers are added as cheeks to finish the fly.