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, November 28, 2014

All Aboard!

This month has been crazy busy - as always it seems. We were out of the shop for ten days to attend a conference in Orlando, Florida and also do a site visit in Trinidad. The crew kept working in our absence and so lots got done.

Before we left we did the concrete work and sculpting on the base.

Once the base was done the two pieces of the sign were assembled in order the mud the base of the top half so it matched up to the bottom.

The next day we applied the fiberglass reinforced concrete to the top portion of the mast and sculpted in the wood grain.

At that point Peter and I left for our trip. The crew would take it from here. As usual they started with three coats of base colors and then overlaid the glazes.

The post, sails and the bulk of the sign are done with just the lettering left to go.

The Gruffle characters make the signs a lot of fun and help tell the story of the entire facility. The next sign is even more fun! Stay tuned...