What a beautiful day for carving ice! The weather has been perfect for ice, not too warm, not too cold. After the ice warmed up a bit in the morning and our liquid water cooled down, we worked on the welds and had them done by lunch. They could be prettier, but they are structurally sound. After lunch we finished the mechanism pieces (except for the handle) and performed a trial assembly. Everything fit and had enough clearance through the complete range of motion.
Later in the day we turned to the task of removing large quantities of ice to shape the bodies. It has been slow going but is mostly done. While Lars is at school for a bit Thursday morning I'll tackle the head of the realistic penguin. I'm terrified that I will ruin the thing!