Here she is, in all her glory!
Seven people (me, Mike, and five friends) joined together yesterday and spent six hours assembling her. My friend Dave led the assembly – he’s expert in mechanical engineering as well as electronics, and had read the manual backwards and forwards in preparation.
Here are photos of the assembly process. This is where we started: a few giant boxes.
Unpacking the boxes revealed her gleaming side frames:
We started assembling the frame, which required a couple of strong people to lift and move the side frames (which weigh 250+ pounds apiece!):
Once we got the second frame attached to the base, though, it became much more stable:
Soon we were putting on the back beams:
While it was mostly plug-and-play, we did have to figure out how to install an Ethernet cable:
And then it was time to turn her on! Here’s Dave, flipping the switch for the first time:
With some effort, we got the first warp beamed, and started threading. Here’s Susie taking a turn:
We got about 2/3 of the way through the threading before it was time to clean up for the day:
And then, of course, it was time for cake and champagne:
And here are Grace and Emmy, side by side in the garage. So different in looks, and yet so similar! I think they’re still trying to figure out what to make of each other:
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll run off and finish the threading! I’m hoping to get her weaving “Hello, world!” today.
Please welcome Amazing Grace!