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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sculpting done on the Rovers Return sign

Today was organization day in the shop. My son Peter, who is on Christmas break from university gave me a hand. First we put away tools and supplies - all to their proper home. Then it was time to do a project I've been wanting to do for some time - The sculpting on the Rovers Return Pub sign. Peter is an accomplished artist in his own right. He worked as a team leader for us for more than 14 years. He handled the brickwork on the front of the tiny building while I handled the rest. We jockied positions, switching sides as necessary to get into the tight spaces. With two skilled hands at work the building was done in a short while. In this shot Peter is adding texture to the small bricks using an old toothbrush.

Tomorrow the final texturing of the base portion of the sign will be done using a die grinder. Then we will add Coastal Enterprises primer and final coats of paint and glazes. Stay tuned...