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, April 7, 2011

Coat after coat

The Back Forest sign is now into the paint stage... and it is getting coat after coat of paint. The first was the primer coat. This went on thickly with a small brush to introduce just a little more texture. The primer texture evened things out nicely. This was followed by two coats of off white, but this color was far from the final. A slightly darker warm white was next and it was lightly toweled off. The sign looked pretty good at this point, but this was but a starting point for the sign needed to be fairly dark for the white and gold leaf lettering to stand out from the background.

A brighter orangish-yellow was next to provide some bright highlights after the dark glazes were put on. The sign looked pretty garish at this stage but I knew not to mind as the sign would tone down as we proceeded.

A slightly purply brown was the next glaze to be applied... not my favorite color by a long shot, but it was what was needed for the colors to follow. 

The fans are now on the piece once more - as they have been for the last twenty four hours. Tomorrow I'll be applying the last of the glazes and then we are on to final touches.