>(snip)Bromoil can only be done correctly with turkey feathers pucked
at the stroke of midnite. To do otherwise is to tempt fate.<
You are partially right, and partially wrong. You must realize that just
any turkey feather, from just any turkey, will not suffice.
Must be male and between 8 and 9 months of age, popcorn-fed and
preferably be red chalk in color.
There is only one feather on each turkey that can properly be used for
the bromoil process. That feather must have just the proper spring and
have pig-foot shaped split tips. Only a Certified Master Bromoil Guru is
qualified in finding, selecting and blessing this lone feather. It is
usually found just slightly below the turkey's comb.
Time of Plucking:
Midnight is neither the key nor a terriby important factor. A full moon
is! The plucking time depends on the rank of the Bromoil Guru and on the
particular rite that he/she will conduct. This secret rite can only be
performed upon an acid-etched ceramic inking tile.
Inking with a Feather Touch:
With this properly blessed turkey feather, one can do bromoil inking of
the highest order and produce exhibition grade prints. Without this
feather, however, one is doomed to failure in the bromoil process.
I know this to be true, for I have been doomed (and damned) by Grand
Bromoil Gurus on more than one occasion!
Or, maybe it was ... horse feathers?