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, June 2, 2011

Preparation progress

 In most cases I create pieces on the router and then build the larger pieces around what has come off the machine. On this project we are doing he opposite. We are building much of the framework first, then designing, routing and installing the routed elements, before sculpting around them  to finish the project.
We've now spent three days on the project. My two helpers, Sarah and Becky are working hard, keeping me scrambling to stay ahead. Our task is to frame out the straight and level structures the carpenters built to look like the heavy, somewhat bent timbers of a two hundred year old pub. As the woodwork is completed we are covering it with expanded lath, over which we will sculpt fiberglass-reinfirced-concrete.

Tomorrow we do prefabricated work in the shop. Saturday I'll weld up the tree armatures for this part of the project. Stay tuned...