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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Setting the bar

With each day the new project is a series of new things, each setting the style and level of finish we will do through the rest of the job. Each new aspect of the job is a test, to see how all the different techniques and mediums can be blended together to look like one large, seamless piece.

The beginning of the sawn woodgrain was sculpted today, the first two of a number of wine barrels that will frame feature pieces, bulletin boards, and other things through the pub.

The carved concrete woodgrain is designed to match the woodgrain we routed into the mantle piece yesterday.

When I got home I couldn't resist putting in a few minutes to finish sculpting the tortoise.

Next up we begin the painting process which is bound to be a lot of fun!