|After a bit more calculation and. . .|
|A bit more drilling and. . .|
|A bit more measuring and. . .|
|A bit more gluing and finish work. . .|
|The flipper that the interns built can now hold up four fingers and all its carpals! Woo Hoo! |
The next step will be to add the silicone cartilage replacement.
|Yesterday the whale's personal artist came in to compare paint |
samples to determine the right mix to give the bones a more even tone.
|Excitement filled the room as the first vertebra was slid onto its pipe support.|
|Each vertebra was inched along the pipe.|
|Inch by inch. . .step by step. . .|
|This - is a caudal (tail) vertebra. This - is a caudal vertebra without a hole.|
|This - is how you start to drill a hole into a caudal vertebra.|
|This - is how you continue to drill a hole into a caudal vertebra.|
|This - is a caudal vertebra appropriately bored|
so it can be strung onto its support pipe.
|And last but not least, the little foam pads that will cushion |
between each vertebra were all custom made.