These are guinea fowl feathers mounted on sticks Bill has wrapped with decorative thread.
Bill collects feathers during his hikes in the woods around our house, and likes to mount them on sticks to use like bouquets of flowers in a vase, or to stick behind his ear so that he always has something beautiful in peripheral vision when he's working at the computer (this also makes him look pretty cute, I must say). I'm particularly fond of this bluejay "bouquet".
Bill used basketry technics to make this pendant, which he decorated with thread after a Brazilian pattern and ornamented with feathers.
Bill not only wove this strip of cloth himself (with a design from Ghana), but built the loom to weave it with. I told you he's always interesting, didn't I?
This is a cocoon rattle Bill made, about three times this size in real life; it probably belongs more with the instruments, but we use it as a "pretty" and I just felt it should be here.
These are woodpecker tail feathers that Bill found after they had been lying in leaf mould for a couple months, ornamented with an irridescent turkey feather. The woodpecker feathers are meant to be very sturdy (the woodpecker uses them to balance on), and feathers if left unmolested take a very long time to decay--so we have this lovely decoration.
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