Feather Shaper

Trim, cut, bone, straighten, and curl feathers for use in decorations.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Feather Shapers do?

Trims, cuts, bones, straightens, and curls feathers for use in decorations for displays and garments, using handtools, such as knives and scissors: Draws feather between knife and thumb to curl feather or cuts portion from quill, using knife, to make feather soft and wavy or applies steam to make feather smooth and straight. Trims feather to specified shape, using scissors. May wire, glue, paste, or sew feathers to form specified design. May be designated according to work performed as Brancher; Curler; Cutter; Feather Boner; Feather Trimmer.


Should I be a Feather Shaper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Brim Shaper, Shape Carver, Shaper, Ship Scraper, Upper Shaper

    How to become a Feather Shaper

    Feather Shapers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Feather Shaper-related education!
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