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Anytime the BIG MAGIC DOORS open in the shop everyone knows something very COOL is about to be revealed. Today was that day! And Phoebe and I were about to embark on another great adventure.

Share the adventure with us!

-grampa dan

Dan SawatzkyMovie Comments
Drawing with invisible ink

It wasn't until 1998 that I discovered that by using a digital drawing pad I could interface with a computer in a meaningful and useful fashion. That is when I first entered the world of working with a computer to help me do some of my work. Since then we have seen vast improvements in computing speeds, and plenty of pretty amazing programs. I would never want to go back to doing everything by hand. But the key to it all - as it was back in 1998 is the digital drawing pad. It allows me to use a virtual pen instead of a mouse - which I would compare to trying to draw with a bar of soap. It sure isn't ideal for any kind of detail work.

There are a number of sizes available and I've tried them all.  My favorite (so far) is the Wacom Intuos 5 Medium as shown below.

Today I picked up the latest and best digital drawing pad I've owned to date ... a Wacom Intuos 5 - medium size. There is one better - a Cintique that allows you to draw on the screen but with the amazing graphics currently available with my Mac moniters I'll stick with the separate drawing pad. There is a learning curve of course as with just about everything. The tricky part is to learn to draw with your hand in one place while you look elsewhere - the computer screen. I tell those I talk to the secret is to give your mouse to someone you trust and then tell them that NO MATTER WHAT they are not to give it back to you for five or six days. It's my bet that you will never go back.

I also purchased some screen capture software today, meaning I could do a quick demo for you showing just how simple drawing with a digital tablet can be. Here's the video...

-grampa dan

Floating away in a hot air balloon

With the set up and testing of the new CNC MultiCam router out of the way it was time to chuck up the first real project and give the machine a whirl. The project was the hot air balloon for the display piece in my office. I showed the design about a week ago. The block of Precision Board was massive and heavy, measuring 14 inches by 14 inches by 20 inches. I designed the complex file for the router and then we carefully checked everything twice over. This was all new to everyone present. Then I pressed the button to set everything in motion. It was pure magic as the lathe spun and the machine started to carve. First it carved the corners off the block to make a cylinder and then in four passes a quilted balloon was revealed in the center.

Once the machine had done it's thing, it was time to start in on the hand built portions once more. I squared up the ends and drilled a hole to mount the cockpit that would hang below.

In the next days I'll fashion a nose and tail cone and a few more details before beginning the paint job to finish everything off.  Stay tuned...

 -grampa dan