Our mount of the giant beaver Castoroides took a big step forward over the last week.
Ray and Chip took the armature to Koger Air to get the tail support welded onto the rest of the frame, then permanently attached most of the vertebrae. Ray also assembled the legs, started attaching the hips, and bent the metal to support the front legs. The front leg supports proved to be particularly difficult, and we’re looking at ways to simplify this step on future mounts.
Tomorrow we plan to return to Koger Air for the final three welds (the front leg supports and the skull attachment). Then we can attach the anterior vertebrae and begin attaching the ribs. We’re hoping to have the mount completed within a few weeks.