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, October 30, 2014

Everyone loves tools!

Cookie's tool set was a whole lot of fun to create. Since the last post on the project we've hand brushed three coats of base colors on (all acrylic house paints). Then the glazes went on the wood, starting with the lightest and working towards the darkest. After the piece is covered the glaze is gently wiped off leaving excess in the crevices and deeper portions of the texture. The tools themselves also got the same treatment.  After all the glazes were on and dry I used a dry brush technique to 'shiny up' the edges and surfaces that would be shiny from daily use. The end result is pretty cool.

The two signs make for a great pair, the first identifying the establishment and providing humor and character. The second sign which will be located inside provides the punchline.

Dreaming up and creating this kind of fun signage makes me laugh trough every workday. It sure beats working!