Hoist Away- the Final Gear gets Mounted

IMG_3803It was a moment to freeze in time just a bit ago when the final gear got mounted.

No video, because I was working the hoist chain to lift it into place, but some great shots to give you a preview of what it will look like.  IMG_3801

This picture with Dave standing next to it ( he is 6’1″) gives you a sense of real life scale.

The rest of today will be mounting that last piece of glass in place, and then all the final  clean and polish work in prep for the move later this week.    Although the statue is imposing enough at 8′ tall, and 2000 lbs, I like this angle on it as the gears, like Kokomo, reach for the sky. IMG_3804

Onto the Gantry

This weekend, we got our 1 Ton gantry home and set up. This meant the time had come to roll that 1,000 lb base off the trailer and into workspace.  The gantry and hoist allowed us to control the roll of the base down the trailer ramp to the ground

That “Nan, Nan!” at the end turned out not to be too serious- merely the fact that the brand new steel wheels on the gantry were not gettig a good grip on the blacktop drive and the entire gantry was sliding forward… oops.  I quickly grabbed it, got re-positioned where i could act as an added break, and the offloading continued:

That is our neighbor Bill, a retired Chrysler worker, who is pitching in with some of the heavy lifting on days when Nan’s body does not cooperate.

Soon enough, we had all wheels down on the ground and safely ready for the next phase of the adventure:

The base comes home….

We got the call that we could come and pick up the base from Stephen’s Machine, and were filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness. Nan had been sick for days, battling some odd  virus, so Dave prepped and organized for transport. Luckily we got a fever reprieve window to record our baby coming home, and although it had the potential to be catastrophic in Dave’s mind, all of his prep and the professionals at Stephen’s meant that it went smoothly and easily.

There were two goals for the morning.  First, of course, bring her home. Second, create the base template.  While forklifts were going to have the half ton base lifted and moving, this was the perfect chance to set her on plywood and create a template of the base for the site prep crew, allowing them a model for where to drill holes, rather than relying on measurements alone.

Before we even started with the  transfer into Maynard ( our trailer), Dave worked with the crew at Stephen’s to get the template drawn.

Then, it was time for the transfer. It went quickly and painlessly. The little cart you see her being transferred onto in the trailer is the one Dave and his dad were building when he learned some new technique lessons.

You don’t just toss a thousand pounds of  stainless steel love in the back of your trailer and drive off,  it needs to be blocked and braced and locked into place.

IMG_3388In case you did not get a good look at the current state of the base with all the movement in the videos, here is a static shot.  A few days of polishing and she will be glistening.

This weekend will be the non-fork truck unloading of the base at home , and installation of the gantry to start with the piecing of the parts.  There has also been incredible hours of polishing this week, so more sneak peaks at the progress on the gears- stay tuned!

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Pieces and Parts.. yet another path..

Dave inspects parts and rough fitWhile Stephen’s is finishing up welding and straightening the base, and while Kokomo Opalescent Glass is working on getting our test pours done, we received all the other pieces of metal…  a big stack of not so shiny stainless.

Time to lay them out and check the rough fit.  This is actually a nerve grinding step- remember that up until this point, the statue was a series of measurements and CAD files,  if something had been off, the pieces would need significant work to fit and assemble.  We will have another moment like this when the base is delivered and we assure that all of these pieces fit to the base. Luckily, Dave’s CAD skills proved out and the pieces lay out  gorgeously.

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