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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Long day carving concrete

Any day we apply and carve concrete it is a long, hard day. With difficult access to our work area, extremely warm temperatures in the attic space and tricky, detailed pieces to carve our work load went up exponentially. My daughter Rebecca joined our crew today to mix the concrete for us. My son, Peter and I applied the concrete to the chimneys and then everyone on the crew jumped in to do the carving. With the warm temperatures the concrete got hard in a hurry. We were behind the eight ball from the get-go and struggled until it was done. Happily the London rooftop chimneys turned out great!

By the end of the day the concrete was getting very hard. Everyone on the crew jumped in to do the last of the carving in the hard concrete, working shoulder to shoulder and having fun. 

I was a little ambitious in the amount we tackled today. But we got through it and it leaves that much less for us to tackle next week.