High resolution feather

After much trail and error I got it done. I managed to create a model of a real looking feather quill even up close.
I documented the process in my blog.

Holy cow! That looks like the best feather I have ever seen on Blender!

The Model can be downloaded at BlendSwap. It is about 8 MB in size due to the attached texture image files. When you use the model for your own purposes please note the license restriction: CC-BY-SA.