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

Monday, February 27, 2017

One level done and starting the next

The concrete was cured enough this week to begin the painting process. The crew dug right in and first applied a primer coat. Once that had dried they started in on the first of two base coats. The last base coat will be blended. Then a series of glazes will make it come alive in a hurry.

While the painting crew did their magic to the sculpted portion we began work on the next section of the sculpture. We measured up our model to determine the size of the globe.

Then, using these measurements we bent up some square tubing and began building the frame for the globe.

This was lifted over the steam base plate with the chain fall and then a heavy duty armature for the bugs was welded onto place. This will be welded back into the structure of the globe. Once the structure is done we'll weld up the pencil rod armature and then begin applying the galvanized mesh which will reinforce the sculpted concrete. It is coming together quickly. Stay tuned for more...