Boonshoft’s beaver almost finished

2014-04-21aAs I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve been reconstructing a second copy of the Joseph Moore Museum’s giant beaver skeleton, this time for display at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. As you can see above, we’re almost finished.

This is a remounting of a cast Boonshoft already had, but with some additions and modifications. Some of the original castings were unusable, so we’ve replaced them with new castings. In the image above, the dark brown bones are the original castings, with the light brown ones are replacements we made from our new molds. The gray pieces in the chest is costal cartilage, which Ray and Ashley hand-sculpted out of putty. Over the next week or so we’ll be painting the skeleton, after which it will no longer be possible to tell the origins of the individual pieces. We plan to deliver the skeleton to Boonshoft next week.

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