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, January 20, 2012

Here and there and everywhere.

Today was one of those days where I jumped all over the place.  As the day progressed it seemed I got little done. Some days are like that. But through it all the MultiCam kept real busy carving out the Town Crier sign. The truth is it was even busier than that for I couldn't resist doing TWO of the delightful signs. I simply had to have one in my shop as a reminder of this job. I definitely want to do more of this kind of work in the future and the best way to ensure that is to have some samples hanging on the wall of my studio.

As soon as the MultiCam finished the first sign background I peeled it off the table and set to work. I fastened the head to the sign board and mixed up some Abracadabra sculpting epoxy. His hat was first, roughed out to get a sense of things. He need ears of course and these were added next. It was almost time to go in for supper but I decided his powdered wig better be added while the ears were still soft. There would be no adjusting them later. 

Now it REALLY was time to go in for supper for it was my turn to do the cooking but I had a little sculpt left over - just enough for his tongue.I quickly added it and decided it looked cool. I was happy at last.  But as I turned away I just had to go back one last time to add one last detail...  a little texture on his tongue. It made it all believable and helped sell the story.

 Tomorrow I'll be back to add some more without a doubt. Stay tuned...