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, April 24, 2013

Spring 2013 Sign MAGIC Workshop

The spring 2013 Sign Magic Workshop is now behind us. We had a full workshop with a class of very eager students. We changed things up a little this time with the meals taken in the new house. We were able to seat thirty people (students and our team of helpers) at one table comfortably. It worked out well and it was a great test drive of the new house. Our guests enjoyed looking at every detail we had incorporated throughout it's construction.

With the workshop meals in the new house it freed up a whole lot of space in the shop. Once again we were able to seat everyone at a single table, making things easier and more enjoyable for all.

Jeff Hartman, one of the creators of EnRoute was our guest lecturer. He did a great job. We routed a lot more sample pieces during this workshop showing how the files were created how they routed and then how we finished them.

We also did hands-on demonstrations of our fiberglass-reinforced-concrete carving techniques.

 The hands-on painting and sculpting was enjoyed by all.

And here's a shot of the entire class.

It was a fun workshop without a doubt. Thanks to all who participated!

Tomorrow we begin the Sculpting MAGIC Workshop. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan