It is hard to believe that it was only seven 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 - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research I quickly found out that with the relative simplicity of EnRoute, CNC routers were capable of just about anything imaginable. This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as we continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful software... -dan

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Paint progress on excavator sign

Since the last time I posted about this project we've made a little progress. First a coat of Coastal Enterprises heavy bodied, water based primer was brushed on. Extra texture was created in key areas, such as the lettering, in the process.

Then base coats of color were brushed on. Finally layers of glaze were brushed on and gently wiped off to create the weathering, grime and dirt we needed to make this sign look believable.  In this shot Rebecca is putting the finishing touches to the load of gravel in the bucket.

I couldn't resist showing a closeup of the tracks and pile of dirt to show the rich colors Bec was able to achieve. It makes me smile every time I walk by!

Tomorrow the lettering will get its last coats of paint, making the sign ready for it's debut (in pictures) just in time for my talks at the Atlantic City United States Sign Conference next week.