Well the wings are finally done.. well, I mean done in the sense of now they go to the costumer to get the rest of the harness and costume figured out. But the main woodwork is done so I can revel in my small victory.
As for the damage count, the final piece ended being made of 206 separate pieces of wood: 32 parts in the centre chassis, 72 parts in each wing, 30 pivot pins [which further have 60 toothpick pieces as retainer pins that I am not counting]. All these components required over 800 feet of waxed sailmakers twine that was hand lashed to every part.
Since my last update I have added in a centre spine piece that will serve to keep the wings from pinching the wearers back [I think I still have the bruises from before], as well as an attachment points for the harness straps [made somewhat more difficult by my lack of knowledge of what the costume/harness are going to look like].
As is my habit, before anything leaves my shop I make sure to take a bunch of photos, but nice ones this time instead of the usual cheap and cheerful. To get better results I clear out the garage, and hang a seamless paper backdrop from my ceiling, or more accurately its jury rigged off of the hooks holding up my kayak and ladder. Lighting is just a single wireless flash strobe with a round defuser, sitting on top of whatever happens to be the right height. Oh and that high tech device holding the end of the background in place.. yup its a rock.