A combination of technical difficulties and general lack of time have prevented me from updating the blog as often as I would have liked. As of lunch on Thursday, the last day of the competition, we are doing well but are behind schedule. Our tools have been working as intended this year, but we are finding that, even with better tools, carving each individual part takes quite a bit of time, sometimes well over an hour for a single part. We need to find ways to increase our speed!
We have made excellent progress this morning thanks to a few speed improvements, but there is still much more to do. At some point today we will have to decide whether or not we will simplify our design to get something working tonight. Another alternative would be to continue carving tomorrow, although our piece would be incomplete for judging tonight. Either way, we are doing much better than last year despite experiencing worse overall weather.