Prototype arch, post and beam sculpted

Using EnRoute and the MultiCam CNC router and plasma cutter made short work of the prototype armatures for NEBs Fun World’s bowling centre arch, post and beam. We then cut the spacers for the number plates and shield and fastened them over the metal lath. The number plated and shields will be 3D cut from 30 lb Precision Board and mounted later. We also designed and routed a carved ‘wood’ insert from Precision Board for the post. The concrete surrounding this panel would be sculpted with woodgrain to match. When we paint up the post this panel will be darkened to accentuate it’s depth and then the twisted vine and leaves will be dry brushed to make them pop off the surface.

When everything was ready, the crew troweled on the fibreglass reinforced concrete and sculpted in the woodgrain, bricks and stones. Crumbled plaster was added judiciously over certain areas. Everything is designed to bolt to custom welded steel stands for transport. Hard lift and join points are designed in from the start.

Everything will be allowed to cure for a few days and then we will paint these prototypes. They will set the tone and serve as a model for the scores of pieces to follow. Once these pieces are done we will kick the project into production mode and get the project rolling at high speed.

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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit

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