On track for more fun

The most recent sign to be designed in our studio is for the Runaway Mine Train up at Cultus Lake Adventure Park. 

The inspiration for the design of the sign happened last year as we built the first phase of the project. In anticipation of the rumored mine train coaster we put a tiny version of the runaway mine train as a weathervane atop the water tower.

Full outside too

Each time after a piece is sculpted in the shop it is pushed back out onto the parking lot to cure and another armature is pushed inside to get its turn with the concrete mud. This happens every day or two. Then they are pushed back in to get their coats of paint, a process takes a little longer, up to a week on the bigger pieces. After they are painted they are moved out again and stored until we have enough to fill a forty foot long sea container, or rather three of them. The result is a parking lot full of sculpted pieces.

There also are two sea containers already full in the lot. The next will arrive soon. Once it is full we'll call in the giant crane and trucks to load the containers onto the trucks for shipment to the port and beyond.

The full parking lot makes for narrow lanes for the forklift and large trucks delivering supplies. The wheels on each piece allow them to be moved (with considerable effort) as necessary and it happens a lot these days.

Gear driven wonder

To the casual observer it must seem that our shop is often a whirlwind of unrelated activity. There are many diverse projects on the go in a wide variety of mediums. Often a single project has many processes involved all by itself. We've started on the MultiCam trade show display (along with all of the other things on the go) and are making good progress. The project furthest along is the lectern. Most of the pieces have been routed and Jack has done the bulk of the welding. Most of the pieces have been glued and even roughed out enough for preliminary fitting. It's looking pretty cool. 

I suspect it will be the only lectern of its kind at the mammoth sign show in Las Vegas. :)