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

Getting twisted

The next sign doesn't have any routed parts but features another of the gang of Gruffles. Like the other signs it will hang on a mast. The sign is for a ride called the Yardarm Twist. I welded up the armature and then tied on the lath. I used sculpting epoxy to create the character and the scroll.

It took a couple of days to finish the sculpting on the character and scroll. The lettering was hand done. Once the epoxy sculpting was done the mast and sail were sculpted from concrete. This is as far as we got before Peter and I left for our trip. The crew did the painting in our absence.

Like the rest of the signs we make it got the base coats and then a series of glazes to bring out the texture and add depth.

As always it was the last glaze that brought the sign to life. This sign is now ready to be loaded into the shipping container and make it's way down to Trinidad.

Stay tuned for many more...