We are always practicing our techniques and experimenting with new ones. The best way to do this is to do practice panels and along one side of our property we have a great one that is about two hundred feet long. It's our fence. Last year the crew welded up the framework and we did the sculpting on the neighbour's side. With each board we gained experience. With summer in full swing and a slight gap in our work in the shop (as we packed all the finished pieces into the semi trailer) we decided to put a little time into the fence project. We have a couple of new employees to train. The crew sculpted about a hundred feet of fence on our side. On the neighbour's side the panels we sculpted last year are now getting their paint at last. Each board will get three coats of paint plus the glazes. The first coat is multi-coloured as we use left over paint left from various projects.
We were very pleased to receive an email today from Canada's premier sign magazine SIGN MEDIA - CANADA notifying us that the Crown & Pin signs garnered a first place award in the 'Signs Systems' category.
Each time we send off a load of features to a customer it is time for a thorough clean and reorganize of our working space. For many weeks or even months at a time we focus on getting a project done and out of the door. As the pieces add up in readiness for a shipment space is often at a premium. We do our best to keep a clean and tidy working space but things do add up when it is difficult to even move.
Even before the truck picked up the loaded trailer bound for NEBs in Ontario we began our reorganizing and cleaning of the shop and yard. Todays major project was to turn the shipping container around. After a paint job we'll move it again to a location at the rear of our property. It is no small task. I gave our little forklift quite a workout tonight, requiring a little push with the yard tractor too. The container is forty feet long and weighed in at just under 9,000 lbs empty. Our concrete pad in front of the shop is forty-five feet wide leaving little room to spare. That meant lots of lifting at one one end, moving, blocking and then going to the other end to repeat the process a few feet at a time.