It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated with what I saw 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 and LOTS of hands-on practice I quickly found out that my MultiCam router was capable of just about anything imaginable.This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as I continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful tool... -dan

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sign Invitational Challenge 2017 - Part eight

I spent an enjoyable hour and a half in the shop today beginning the hand sculpt of the detail on the steam engine. It is amazing really how fast the detail is built up with simple shapes of sculpting epoxy.  I' keeping it purposefully a little loose and sketchy as I believe it adds to the story. I am much more interested in creating a feeling than doing everything perfect. The looseness of the sculpt adds to the movement better than a tight sculpture which would look frozen and stiff. Little balls of sculpt form the rivets and they add so much character in a hurry.

Next up comes the jewelry - the little bits of detail like pipes and fittings which add a whole lot of interest. Stay tuned...