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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Long day carving concrete

Any day we apply and carve concrete it is a long, hard day. With difficult access to our work area, extremely warm temperatures in the attic space and tricky, detailed pieces to carve our work load went up exponentially. My daughter Rebecca joined our crew today to mix the concrete for us. My son, Peter and I applied the concrete to the chimneys and then everyone on the crew jumped in to do the carving. With the warm temperatures the concrete got hard in a hurry. We were behind the eight ball from the get-go and struggled until it was done. Happily the London rooftop chimneys turned out great!

By the end of the day the concrete was getting very hard. Everyone on the crew jumped in to do the last of the carving in the hard concrete, working shoulder to shoulder and having fun. 

I was a little ambitious in the amount we tackled today. But we got through it and it leaves that much less for us to tackle next week.