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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Next load ready to ship

It was a holiday week which meant we only had only four workdays to complete our long list of things we needed to accomplish. The shipping date for the first ship and related pieces is set for next Tuesday. That morning, bright and early a giant crane and six 40' container trucks will be waiting.  That's enough to hold one complete Viking ship, two masts, the keels and the balance of the target feature pieces. A few weeks later the final five containers will begin their journey to Dubai. The pressure was on.

We assembled the two halves (back from the galvanizers) of the last ship this week and managed to lath and sculpt one of them. The other half of the final ship is fully assembled and ready to lath. The first ship is now painted and ready to go.

On Monday we will arrange all of the pieces and make room for the giant sixty ton crane. The trucks will arrive in one hour intervals to allow us time to remove the tops and load the heavy pieces into the  open top containers with the crane. Then we'll put the tops back on before sending the truck on it's way across the Pacific Ocean. It's going to be a very busy day!