Penciling in the boat.
Today there were three of us camped under our welding helmets, working hard to finish off the last Viking ship for Dubai. Peter was busy welding up the last of the structural steel frame. Jack and I were welding the pencil rod armature. Each piece of quarter inch thick steel bar is carefully shaped by hand and then welded into place. The object is to form a wire frame of the sculpture, slightly under size to allow a skin of concrete to be towelled on over top. Once we are done welding we hand tie a galvanized, expanded lath to this frame. I formed, cut and and welded over three hundred pieces of steel into place today. Jack did his share on the other end of the boat. Another few thousand feet of pencil rod should finish off this part of the project. It is looking more like a Viking ship every day!