Our first crow design by Wilsons Gourds, Kell, IL – Our first crow design was painted with acrylics and had black festher added to it. Later it has been dtermined that the feathers did not enhance the look of the crow and have been omitted. Most folks liked the crow without the feathers in the back. Could use it easier for outdoor use. All crows have a hand brushed on polyurethane finish 2 coats.