Finished up the body today and then made a new base. As this piece is approximately 24" tall and rather top heavy I made the base in two pieces to give it a footprint large enough to keep it upright. I epoxied a piece of 1/2" steel all-thread into the base of the piece so it could be firmly bolted to the base. The base is walnut.
Tomorrow I'll start with the hair braids and then move on to the feathers and the smaller details. This one should really be a looker once completed. Lots of color.
Also, I took the photo with my phone. It's not as good as my Nikon but then it's also not to bad!