Years ago, Grandfather showed me his "stash" of fly materials--shotgun shell boxes loaded with feathers. Now, mallard breast feathers, wood duck feathers (my favorite), cul-de-canard, goose down, and goose quills each fill a box where the shells used to be, and sit right on my bench. I figure, if you can trade a box of ammo for a box of feathers, that's a fair deal, and a good indicator that you can shoot fairly straight. There's also a vase filled with pheasant tail feathers on my fly bench. My wife thinks that's a decoration, but it gets more and more sparse as I tie nymph flies.