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, October 1, 2012

More Disney inspiration

We are soon going to visit Disneyland again. These folks create some of the most imaginative signs I have seen. During our visit 'll be sure to keep an eye out for router work. When I see it I'll get as close as I can and take lots of pictures too, trying to figure out how they did it all, what materials they used and how it was put together. In the process I'll learn plenty.  I'll be posting some pictures when I get back for sure.

What is amazing is the detail of the signs. While one would expect the signs of major attractions to get this kind of treatment, the Disney folks also lavish this same kind of effort and creativity on the signs that advertise fictitious businesses or places like the lost and found in the interest of telling a story and creating an authentic sense of place. I find it inspirational. I want to do the same thing in the real world.

Here's a few pictures from my last visit.