It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Sunday, March 21, 2010

NOT following directions

Ever since I was a kid I've had trouble with directions. Some would even say I was directionally challenged. All kidding aside doing things this way has lead to some pretty cool discoveries. Its a different way of thinking.

While the rest of the world works very hard to sand things down and work toward perfect finishes we take a radically different approach in our shop. I LOVE texture and we are constantly seeking ways to easily introduce it to our work.

Coastal Enterprises primer is thick - the consistency of cream. It's just as smooth too. We discovered the FSC-88 WB primer brushes on to the Precision Board real cool - especially if we used a small brush and a little too much primer. By using a haphazard stroke we could introduce a subtle texture into our work real easy. As long as we didn't get too carried away it dried hard without any cracking. When coated out the final finishes with our acrylic paints, metallic paints and especially gilding it added a lot of interesting sparkle to our work. We were hooked!

Textures became a signature of our work. It's a whole different (and FUN) way of thinking!