Skull Rock sculpt done

It doesn’t take much hand sculpting to make a sign go from mildly dimensional to off the wall different. In the case of the Skull Rock Scramble sign it looked pretty good with just the random shape, the texture and raised lettering. Adding Webster, the turtle Gruffle changed it in a big way without a doubt and he took only a couple of hours to create.. (This time includes my helper’s time.) But we weren’t nearly done yet.

I spent another twenty minutes with our air powered die grinder to extend the gnarly rock texture around the sides, top and bottom of the sign. Then it was time for another bit of sculpting.
The rocks were extended a little to create the skull eyes and the detail around the mouth. The palm tree was the final detail to take the dimension over the top.

The mast post and sail will next get their skin of sculpted concrete and then the paint will start. It’s going to be a cool looking truly dimensional sign when we are done – like all of the other signs for this project.
-dan

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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 www.imaginationcorporation.com

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