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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ready, set... GO!

Today we did the last of the major preparations for the Sculpture MAGIC Workshop which starts officially on Friday morning. Thursday afternoon our guests will begin to arrive. I welded up the steel structures for the tree sculptures we will be doing. Hailey and Annie ground down all the sharp edges to keep everyone safe.

We pre-routed the backing plates for the sculptures each student will create. We also cut a number of plywood squares on which we will practice carving concrete textures.

As our major project each attendee will sculpt a detailed dinosuar head. As my demonstration piece I have done the first couple of steps to show the way.

For each workshop we bring in a guest teacher who is knowledgable - an expert in their field. Phoebe (my six year old grand daughter) was more than willing. She brought in her entire toy dinosaur collection along with her many books for reference. As we were preparing Phoebe gave us a lenghthy talk on the various atributes of each type and species of dinosaur. She looks forward to sharing her vast expertise with our guests. We of course will be adding a creative twist to the exercise.

I'm counting the hours until our next wonderful creative adventure will be shared with some great folks. This is going to be FUN!
-grampa dan