We had a fairly severe storm go through recently taking down trees and branches in the neighbourhood, including a few trees on our property. In all the battering the wingtip of a loon on top of one of our totem poles worked loose, fell to the ground and broke all the flight feather pieces off. It is a bit of a mystery because it seemed to happen a few days later. Oh well there are too many mysteries in life to worry about a little one like this!
Here is the loon with one wingtip gone.
I collected all the pieces and epoxied them back together. When I built the totem I didn't use any screws to secure the wing, trying to stay true to just using wood and glue in the construction. Ten years later i think a few metal brackets on the back of the wing might be in order for strength. Should have laminated and carved the wing bend rather than try a joint I guess. Oh well got a few more years learn anyway.
Here's the wing tip after the epoxy job. You can see the lines where the feathers broke. Next is to build the scaffold and reattach! Painting to come later.
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