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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Routing, carving, sculpting, welding, fabricating, cutting, gluing, painting, gilding - all in one project!

We do lots of things in our shop. It comes with the territory. We have to be master of many trades. This next project involves a lot of fun things including design, cutting, welding, fabricating, routing, carving, sculpting, painting and gilding! It uses a whole bunch of Precision Board too.
A restaurant just a half block from our place needed a new sign. I came up with a design and the owners loved it - but... There's always a but. They asked that I also include a motorcycle in the design. It seems the owner loves to ride his bike on Vedder Mountain, so much they named the restaurant after it. I scratched my head for a classy way to include the bike... until I came up with the idea to include it on the bracket. The owners loved it!
Next it was time to get into the shop and get busy with all the tools and materials I love to use.
Stay tuned!