A very big ship

As soon as the last Sculpture Magic Workshop was done we cleared the shop to get into production once more. It was time to begin the construction of the massive Viking ships for the Motiongate, Dubai project. We had designed all of the cutting files using EnRoute and last week we kept the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter busy cutting the 3/8″ thick steel plate – more than twenty 4×8 sheets in all. These were cleaned up in readiness for the build.

We also brought in many hundreds of feet of heavy square steel tubing, pipe and angle iron which will be used to build the complicated structural framework of the ship.

Yesterday, we laid out the plates on the shop floor and began welding the precept pieces into place. It quickly became apparent just how massive the Viking ships will be… measuring almost forty feet long, seventeen feet high at the figurehead and fifteen feet wide through the beam of the ship. Th pieces of the ship fill up our shop in a hurry! The first section we began welding is below the waterline. The upper portions of the hull will bolt on top of this, disassembling to fit into the galvanizing tanks and then partially bolted together for building and fitting into the shipping containers. Look close in the picture and you can see Peter at the back preparing to lay down one of thousands of welds. This ship is BIG!

 

EnRoute Workshop – Orlando, FL

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Orlando, FL

Dates: Thursday, August 11th & Friday, August 12th

Location:

TBD

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will provide a box lunch each day.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

  • EnRoute Concepts Review
  • Toolpath Basics
  • Nesting
  • Output & Ordering
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

EnRoute Workshop DiscountSpace is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Orlando 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by July 11th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by July 11th.

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee

Nearby Hotels

TBD

EnRoute Workshop – Toronto, ON, Canada

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: Thursday, June 16th & Friday, June 17th

Location:

MultiCam Canada
15-701 Millway Ave.
Concord, ON. L4K 3S7

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will provide a box lunch each day.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

  • EnRoute Concepts Review
  • Toolpath Basics
  • Nesting
  • Output & Ordering
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

EnRoute Workshop DiscountSpace is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Toronto 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by May 16th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by May 16th.

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee

Nearby Hotels

Aloft Vaughan Mills
151 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Vaughan, ON L4K 0E6, Canada
Phone: +1 905-695-0500
Monte Carlo Inn
705 Applewood Crescent
Vaughan, ON L4K 5W8, Canada
Phone: +1 905-761-7170

Time lapse movie of last Sculpture Magic Workshop

Through the years we have had numerous requests for a video of our workshops. We strongly believed that to properly experience a workshop you needed to be there, getting your hands dirty and engaging with us one on one. That belief hasn’t changed. But thanks to our good friend JD who attended our last workshop we did capture much of it in a time lapse video. Even this is but a quick glimpse for it was only one room of the workshop and didn’t include the meals, field trips or the things that happened outside.

There is so much going on at all times. Each time a question was asked we answered it verbally and also with a quick sketch or by referral to a handy sample. Much more than techniques are shared. My goal has always been to shake up every attendee to their core, making them question why they do what they do and what they wish to do in the future. In every workshop we’ve held, we immersed everyone in our unique world, surrounded and served by our extended family and staff. And we didn’t throw our guests into the shallow end but right into the deep end of our pool. Our goal was to change lives and I believe it worked much of the time.

Was this truly the last workshop? Yup. At least in this format. I’ll of course continue to attend conferences, teach at workshops sponsored by others and do speaking engagements as requested. I’ll continue writing the blogs and magazine articles. E-books are in the works as well. This isn’t the end but merely a turning of the page to go on to the next exciting chapter.

Workshop eve…

As we welcomed each of the participants to our last Sculpture Magic Workshop I found myself as eager and excited as the very first workshop we hosted almost ten years ago. Back then I wondered how we would fill three long days with things they didn’t already know. This time my concern is how we will possible fit everything we want to share inside that brief time. As each student arrived today I could clearly see their eagerness to begin, their excitement to actually be here in our shop. Most have followed us for years, have seen pictures of work and our space online and in the magazines. Now they were actually feeling the magic we get to experience every day. Like the first workshop, and all of them since I seriously take the responsibility to deliver much more than we promise or what they anticipate. We of course will freely share what we do and how we do it. More importantly in my mind is our responsibility to share the excitement and the passion of what drives us and hopefully ignite that same passion inside them. It is going to be FUN!

Last name plaque for workshops

We’ve decided (after much deliberation) that the Sculpture Magic Workshop we are holding at the end of this week will be the last. After ten years and hundreds of eager students it’s time we give it a rest. It was a difficult decision as I am aware of many who still wanted to come.

The last workshop (like most of them) will be a full house. We had a flurry of last minute sign-ups and so we are busy making a few more name plaques. That too has been a fun and learning experience with over 300 unique name plaques designed and routed through that decade. The last name plaque for the workshops belonged to Ron. Like most of the others the design is one that makes me think a little and used a variety of functions in EnRoute. The vectors were created in EnRoute of course.

I first created a flat relief that was 0.6″ tall.

Then I modified this flat relief using the dome tool and a pill shaped vector that was drawn around our relief.

I then used the subtract from (flat relief) tool to drop the centre portions around the diamonds and lettering outline.

I then imported a sandblasted woodgrain bitmap (from the TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION ) and enlarged it before applying it to the sunken portion of the relief.

I then used the bevel tool to create the diamonds at each end of the name plaque.

The last step was to use the bevel tool to shape the letters.

Dino final install

We fabricated the raptor skeleton with the help of EnRoute and our new plasma cutter from MultiCam a while back. The permanent placement had to wait for good weather.

With the return of summer lately we are getting started on finishing a little more landscaping around the yard. A few weeks ago we prepped the ground and rolled out some turf. It sure cleaned things up in a hurry. Once the grass was down we could do a final install on the dinosaur sign. The rust patina has really evened out over the winter months and it is looking pretty fine! I’ll cut in a flower bed around it in a week or two when it is time to plant the annuals. Will it encourage the look-loos to make an appointment before coming on our property? I doubt it but it does finish off the area beside the driveway very nicely.

Zheng Chunhui Carves His Way into the Guinness Book of Records

What’s the largest thing you’ve ever carved into a piece of wood? As impressive as your answer may be, if it’s not in the Guinness Book of Records, then the one we’re talking about here is bigger. A Chinese woodworker set the world record with an incredibly beautiful piece, but it wasn’t done overnight.

Zheng Chunui Guiness Records CarvingHow Big Was It?

The whole piece is over forty feet long, and it’s about ten feet tall. That’s not an impressive amount for something very bland, but it’s astonishing knowing that so much detail was put in by hand. Plus, the carving is really busy, and it has more than 500 people in it. It also has houses, roads, bridges, and various other scenery scattered throughout. It even has a river that’s carved through the whole piece! Of the 500 people, they’re detailed enough to examine their clothes and see that they come from all different walks of life.

Zhen ChunhuiThe Artist Behind it All

The carving was done in China by the woodcarver Zheng Chunhui. It was displayed in the Palace Museum in Beijing on the day that it set the record in 2013, and that’s the same museum that houses the painting on which it’s based. It was one of many records set on November 14th because that’s the annual date when the company hosts the Guinness World Records Day.

Length of Time to Carve

If you’re not already impressed with the size and appearance of this piece, then maybe you’ll appreciate how much time the artist spent creating it. From start to finish, it took him more than four years to get it together!

Chunhui CarvingThe Canvas

Another impressive factor is that the whole carving wasn’t done on multiple pieces of wood and then stuck together, but it was all carved into one single tree trunk. Can you even imagine the type of severe dedication and care that’s necessary to make sure that a mistake isn’t made which will ruin the rest of it? Plus, the artist had to pick a tree in advance that would hold the whole work and be able to be manipulated into the final product.

Zheng Chunhui CarvingThe Scene in the Carving

The record-breaking carving was based on a painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, and this often said to be the Chinese equivalent of the Mona Lisa. This intricate piece of art was painted about 1,000 years ago, and it also has a gigantic canvas. It was painted on a scroll that’s seventeen feet long and ten inches high. The painting is extremely valued for more than just artistic reasons because it showed people going about their lives and doing normal daily activities, so it’s quite helpful to historians.

Chinese Woodworking Traditions

Zheng Chunhui WoodworkingChinese historians documented much of ancient life, but woodworking was surprisingly not given much attention even though it has been a popular practice for such a long time. However, much of the intricate type of work done in carvings like this is created with a chisel, and we know that those have been used extensively throughout Chinese history. In fact, steel was used earlier in China than in the West, so it’s a good bet that woodworkers there were using chisels out of this strong metal much earlier than the people of Europe. Plus, the country now has a reputation for producing cheap tools at a low quality, but they made many early advancements on their tools that set them ahead of other regions of the world.

Importance of the Chisel

You can see all the detail in this work, but it’s not uncommon for Chinese woodworking to always have some form of ornate carving included in it. Ming-style furniture is from the era when the traditions of woodworking were really developed in the country, and one characteristic of this is to have some extra details carved into the pieces before being completed. This means that far from simply being furniture makers, Chinese woodworkers were also required to be true artists.

Wood is a Softer Material

There’s no denying that this beautiful carving is extremely impressive. However, a lot of Chinese art is carved into even stronger materials, and it’s very popular to carve statues into jade and other types of stone.

Do You Have What It Takes to Break the Record?

Seeing this massive carving should give you some new inspiration on what humans are really capable of, and now we have the technology to do even better. You might even be feeling a burning desire to challenge this record.

If you were going to set that goal for yourself, what would you carve?

Last chance

This afternoon we converted our work space into a learning space. Our crew did an amazing job, excited to greet our visitors. In the late afternoon our guests began to arrive, eager to begin the Sculpture Magic Workshop. We have a wonderful and diverse group. This is going to be fun!

In two weeks we’ll be holding a second Sculpture Magic Workshop. There are still a couple of seats available in that workshop.

We have decided it will be the last one. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed hosting these workshops for the last ten years and have met so many wonderful people from around the world. Our current workload and project schedule into next year and well beyond simply doesn’t allow us to continue hosting these events.  It’s been a most marvellous and fun ride!

EnRoute Workshop – Chicago, IL

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Chicago, Illinois.

Dates: Thursday, May 19th & Friday, May 20th

Location: MultiCam North Central Technology Center – 1390 Gateway Drive, Unit 3 Elgin, IL 60124

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will bring a box lunch each day.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

  • EnRoute Concepts Review
  • Toolpath Basics
  • Nesting
  • Output & Ordering
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

EnRoute Workshop DiscountSpace is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Chicago 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by April 29th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by April 29th.

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee

Nearby Hotels

Comfort Suites
2480 Bushwood Dr
Elgin, Illinois 60124
Phone: (847) 836-9500 Fax: (847) 836-9520
Candlewood Suites Elgin Nw-Chicago
1780 Capital St
Elgin, Illinois 60124
Phone: (847) 888-0600