Chris Maynard from Olympia in Washington, USA creates bird artwork using feathers. To purchase his feather work could cost you between $500 to $1000. The work looks so intricate in nature I don't know how he can even do this type of work let alone keep the feathers from getting separated. This is what Chris says about his craft:
'To start, I either first think of a particular bird, get to know it and its qualities or I think of a concept I want to express and think of the right bird or feather.
'Choosing the right feathers takes a lot of time, they have to be perfect in shape, pattern, form, and colour.
'Feathers have shafts, then barbs, then barbules which have little hooks on them which act as Velcro, keeping the feathers barbs together.
'They can be cut and worked with without falling apart, but they do tend to curl so the feathers are usually backed before I cut them.
'I use eye surgery tools, tiny scissors and forceps and small sharp scalpels to cut.
'The feathers come from private aviaries and zoos, I use tiny feathers as small as a pencil point to the biggest in my work.
'Other than feathers from pigeons, crows, and turkeys, I mostly use pheasant and parrot feathers.'
Here's the article and more pictures of his feather craft.