The Fan Hitch Volume 11, Number 1, December 2008

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog

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From the Editor: Expeditions

My First Winter Trip in Antarctica

Canadian Animal Assistance Team in Pond Inlet

Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update

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The British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog
Memorial Fund Update:
 December 2008

by Hwfa Jones

The provisional timetable for the project was to convert the winning drawings initially to a small wax model by mid December 2008 to allow adjustment prior to going to full size in Spring 2009. This first deadline has been achieved.
On 15th December 2008 Graham Wright and I drove north to the Lake District where David Cemmick and Sebastian Wylder displayed the small, 6 inch (15 cm) high wax model. The model was absolutely excellent and much more realistic than can possibly be shown in two dimensional photographs. Indeed it was difficult to describe anything other than small corrections which will be acted upon over the next few weeks.
Comments are invited from all by 2nd January 2009 to help the sculptors make any small changes to add to this model. Bear in mind that the sculpture is representative of all the British Antarctic Huskies so the facial expression will never exactly match any one dog, and deliberately so. Graham and I have already noted that: 1) The bridge of the nose needs to be a fraction wider. 2) The tail needs to be slightly less substantial. More detailing will resolve this. 3) The harness needs to be a little wider at the withers.

Please look at the images and email your observations to: or We will forward them to David and Sebastian.

After January 2nd, the model will go full size and from that, final production of the bronze casting will be made by 15th May 2009.
You may wish to look on their website at the astonishingly high standard of work done by David, who concentrates on the sculpture, and Sebastian, who makes the mouldings. 
Also, over the next few weeks we shall be looking at the drawings and form of the plaque by sculptor Denise Koch which will include the names of all the dog teams and a simple inscription.
The unveiling for the bronze statue and plaque will be in June or July 2009 in Cambridge, England.
The fund is in good heart and the final amount payable for the works is now guaranteed, so the project can proceed swiftly to the unveiling in 2009 as in the initial timetable. If you wish to contribute to the fund, please contact Graham Wright, 39 Bryn Meadows, Newtown Powys SY16 2DS, England; phone: 01686 624077 (home),  01686 611206 (work); (home) or (work).
Once again, thanks to everyone!

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