Category Archives: DOOP

Progress July 23rd, 2012

July 23rd, 2012

Feed the dog…..please

So in the last few days more progress has been made with DOOP.  His skin is now on the armature and the process of getting his innards right is under way.  He needs shoulder surgery, which Andy will take care of later today – right now he looks like he has borrowed Michael Phelps’ shoulders, which really doesn’t work with the rest of his physique.

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Progress July 20th, 2012

So what’s with this “pennants” thing?

July 20th, 2012

Sledging flags, or pennants, have been part of polar exploration since the 1820s.  They are a particular quirk of British exploratory sledding.  The first pennants used to identify expeditions, sleds, and eventually individual team members were flags originally created for other purposes, such as ensigns, depot flags and of course, the Union Jack.

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Progress July 12th, 2012

No bones about it………………

July 12th, 2012

The armature is now well underway with shoulders, hips and spine. Yesterday we bolted it together and then clamped it in place to the sled so that we could position it correctly. We really want to avoid it looking as if DOOP is about to bail, or worse. In the process we realized that we needed to stiffen up the sled a bit more, specifically the handle bar to which DOOP’s hands will be fixed.

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DOOP – Dog Out Of Place

DOOP – Dog Out Of Place

It wasn’t long after I found and named DOOP that I knew he would be coming back to Burning Man in the future, I just wasn’t sure when and in what form. For a while it looked as if he would return as a camp dog, hanging out in hammocks and feigning some type of attitude (although quite what type was hard to imagine, which you would understand if you had met him back then – he was a rather pathetic pup).

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