When Bennington, Vt., launched its second “Moosefest," a series of events that run from Mid-June through mid-October, decorations for the festivities included a number of large, decorated moose statuary. Participating companies and other groups purchased fiberglass moose statues through the local Chamber of Commerce, as a way to contribute to the Chamber's charitable work, and then decorated them for public display.
A supplier of molded carbon fiber composite parts to automotive OEMs, Benniington-based Plasan Carbon Composites contributed its own moose, made in-house from carbon-fiber reinforced polymers and nicknamed, appropriately, “Marty, the Motoring Moose.”
Plasan created its carbon fiber moose with wet layup methods, using MAS epoxy from MAS Epoxies (Cinnaminson, N.J.). The main reinforcement was a large-tow carbon triaxial braid supplied by A&P Technology Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) with additional 1x1 woven carbon twill for the back, sides and nose. A&P also supplied carbon/aramid braid for the hooves, and the antlers were a carbon/high modulus polypropylene (HMPP) weave supplied by Innegrity LLC (Greer, S.C.). Automotive clear coat was applied to the cured laminate, says Plasan R&D engineer Andrew Rich.
All of the decorated moose — more than 30 individaul moose and eight moose "families" have been contributed — will be auctioned on Oct. 17 at a grand finale, the Moosefest Grand Gala, with the proceeds going to area charities.
"Moosefest" moose statuary, incuding Plasan's "Marty," can be viewed at www.benningtonmoosefest.com/artist.html