Friday, July 18, 2008

Pharmacy Sign

This is a sign we did for a Local Pharmacy. It was our very very first piece for a business.

Which car would you drive?

It has taken me a long, i mean a VERY long time to figure this process out.

Google acquired a project a while back called "Sketchup". Its a very rudimentary/powerful 3d modeling tools. Its the way in which Google is populating the digital globe they own "Google Earth" with 3d models of most of the major cities of the world.

Anyhow, Anyone can get it, cause its free, and anyone can model with it, and many do. People have been modeling all sorts of things with it for a long long long time, and some are very very good at it. Everything about it is free.

We've got this high-fangled carving machine and we have all these models. I know your thinking what i am thinking...

Why not build your next pinewood derby car on this thing? Why not, you ask? Thats what i said.

So here are my top three picks for vehicle models.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The results of speaking Face to Face

If you look back a few weeks you'll see my concept drawing for a cafeteria sign. I must admit I didn't think it was a "complete" design, and hadn't figured out what was going to "complete" the job.

Well, i was in luck. We had the opportunity to introduce me (the modeler) to the client, and we got some feedback. She didn't have to "say" she didn't really like the first design, and that's great, actually.

After speaking with her for a few minutes we had a much better idea of what she was looking for in a "Dixie Diner Sign" We sketched this on a sticky pad, and if i can find the sticky note, then i will post it also, but this is what we have come up with. Its a much prettier design. The colors are just placeholder, as in she will be deciding her own colors, or going with these.

Monday, July 14, 2008

First time for Furniture

Up until now we haven't made anything that wasn't just a carving on an existing piece of cabinetry. Today that all changes. Last weekend we stayed in the shop till 10:30 pm getting the final parts for the Cartoon Cabinet we like to call "Dr. Seuss" It's not complete, but we are done with nearly all of our parts of the project.

No Hinges yet for the doors, but this is how it all lays out. Can't wait to see what the painter does to it. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Daycare Dinner

Or rather "Dixie Diner".

This is a sign i have been tinkering with for a while now. Its supposed to be for the cafeteria at a daycare center. Maybe those places don't have a cafeteria, but what this one will have is a Diner.

This one is made using a funny technique i postulated and subsequently found others using where you program the machinery to adjust how "Deep" its cuts to be relative to how "Dark" the picture is. Meaning, that you can "paint" in shades of grey and create what is sometimes known as a "Displacement map"
Here are the results