This was a big undertaking for us, with lots of people involved. Ray Vodden (posing with his handiwork below) did by far the bulk of the planning, construction, and painting, but many other people contributed. Christina Byrd, Ashley Kendrick, Chip Trail, Tim Dooley, and I were all involved at various stages. The welding work was completed at Koger Air. And of course the Joseph Moore Museum, holders of the original specimen, gave us permission to produce the molds and casts in the first place.
We got to spend less than a day admiring our work, however, because this beaver is meant to travel! The excellent VMNH Buildings and Grounds Department spent the last few days building our exclusive “Beaver Box”:
This has all come together in a nick of time, because the beaver leaves for its first trip tomorrow. Brett and I will be attending the meeting of the Georgia Science Teachers’ Association in Macon later this week. VMNH Paleontology will have an exhibitor booth at the meeting where the beaver will be displayed along with some of the other casts we’ve produced over the last two years.