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

Monday, March 19, 2012

Quiet here, busy there

The last two weeks have gone by in a blur. With two different workshops in ten days we've put in a tremendous amount of hours, but little actual routing time. This week things will kick back into regular mode.

The Sculpting Magic Workshop was great fun. We had a great deal to accomplish in the few days we were  in the shop. We had routed sample pieces to learn the painting techniques as well as the backing plates for the dinosaur sculptures each of our guests would sculpt.

We sculpted a variety of panels in fiberglass reinforced concrete. Each student learned how to sculpt brick, rocks and smooth to knarly wood grains.

The toughest challenge of the workshop was to weld up, wire and sculpt a twisted tree. Under my watchful eye each student did a wonderful job.

Our group was small but the enthusiasm and willingness to tackle many tasks previously not thought possible made for some wonderful projects. I look forward to seeing many cool projects from each of these guys in the near future.