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

Thursday, May 16, 2013

More textures

This past year has been one of the busiest in my entire career. That is saying a lot! We've been busy with the construction of our new house (which has seemed all consuming at times) as well as a large project in the shop plus our regular work. Add in the recent workshops, plus the traveling to put on other workshops and attend trade shows and it has added up to being very busy.

The house is now almost finished on the inside. I have a few more files to run and we have a bit more painting and ceramic tile flooring to lay, but the bulk of the work is now done ay last. The large WhistlePunk Hollow Adventure Golf Project is about four weeks to completion. A few other deadlines are still pressing as well, but for the first time in well over a year I am starting to think about what is beyond that.

While I have no doubt there will be steady work I am also starting to think once more about the many projects that have simmered on the back burner for a long time. There are four e-books in various stages of completion. At least one of these books will focus on our CNC routing projects. I have a good sized list of sample projects in the design stage as well. Those of course will be covered here in the blog in coming months.

One other project I have begun work on is a second DVD of routing bitmap textures. Some are done and tested. Others are in the process of being created. This week Janis and I snuck away for a few days of rest and relaxation. When I have time to do a little sketching I am jotting down ideas for new textures.This is but one page of many in my sketchbook.

There will be some great new woodgrains of course as well as a few new versions of the textures I use most often. I have some great many new ideas as well. If there is something you would like to see in the new collection drop me an email and let me know. My email address is found in my profile (to the right side of this page)

Stay tuned for more information as this next collection is assembled.

-grampa dan