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, December 30, 2016

Sign Invitational Challenge 2017 - Part Eight

I spent an enjoyable hour and a half in the shop today beginning the hand sculpt of the detail on the steam engine. It is amazing really how fast the detail is built up with simple shapes of sculpting epoxy.  I' keeping it purposefully a little loose and sketchy as I believe it adds to the story. I am much more interested in creating a feeling than doing everything perfect. The looseness of the sculpt adds to the movement better than a tight sculpture which would look frozen and stiff. Little balls of sculpt form the rivets and they add so much character in a hurry.

Next up comes the jewelry - the little bits of detail like pipes and fittings which ass a whole lot of interest. Stay tuned...