Using a sea duck or diver for a fleshing tutorial is cheating
Let's see a woodie or teal....
Next time I do a thin skinned bird I will post pics. Almost easier in my opinion. Yes, thinner skin, but the fat melts off like duck butter, and this sea duck fat is a totally different animal with a super thick pasty viscosity. As long as your technique is good, results are nearly the same......exception would be the tail end of a puddle duck of course, but for me, keeping it wet (and washing several times) is the answer, and now after many years of trying new stuff, I rarely burn holes any longer. My real point that you and I always try and put forth, is if you want to try bird taxidermy, give yourself a fair shake, and at least try a fleshing wheel. I just could not imagine doing it with a wire brush and a pair of scissors.
And you are right Brian, sea ducks certainly can take more abuse!