|Our mathematicians drew this side view of the area where the whale |
skeleton will hang. Their calculations appear above.
|They were able to translate their calculations into life-sized |
numbers and draw the life-sized curve on paper.
|The curve needed to be darkened just a bit. The next step was to bend a 20-foot long |
2 & 3/8-inch diameter steel pipe (the one lying on the floor) to match that curve.
This pipe will support the backbone of the whale skeleton.
|Several eager volunteers did it with this--a portable, hydraulic pipe bender |
loaned to the whale project by Glenn's Welding of Homer. Thank you Glenn!
|They marked the pipe where each bend needed to be made, using blue masking tape, |
before placing the pipe in the bender, then carefully applied the first bend.
|After each slight bend, the pipe was compared to the curve on the paper. |
Needs a little more guys.
|Bend a little more.|
|PERFECT!! Well done!|
|Last, but not least, the pipe for the tail was also bent in the same fashion.|
|The other exciting thing that happened yesterday--the first coat of paint was |
applied to the whale cart! Another job equally well done.