A Dutch style falconry hood made from lead and steel wire, inspired by watching the falconry displays at Sudeley Castle on Tudor Fun Day.
I found it fascinating that as soon as the hood was placed over the bird’s head, it became immediately docile. Once hooded, the birds would sit quietly on their perches until required for flying displays and could even be carried about without fear of frightening them.
When I saw these hoods close up I was fascinated by their shape and construction. They are exquisitely made from finely stitched soft leather and each fits the bird it is for perfectly. They are things of beauty as well as function.
Being made of lead, mine would prevent flight by weighing down the bird rather than by calming it.
It is intended as a beautiful object, rather than a useful one.