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I have been slack on posting anything here but it is because I have been so busy with the house remodeling (I don't know how you did it Dan! Building a house AND working every day). Finally got around to working on a sign for my business to let Newberry know I was here. Brought a bit of North Carolina with me (in spirit at least). Still have more palm branches to make but the cold weather is slowing me down a bit. Not used to that white stuff on the ground! 1 and 2" blue foam, cut on the CNC and hand cut with a hot knife.

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looks very good Mike! How many hours in it so far?
I have no love for the snow, so I'm digging the palm tree!
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Jamie,

Thank you for your kind words!
I would guess I have about 12 hours on the project so far. The foam letters were just profile cuts as you can see in the first picture since foam sands so easily. I just sanded everything with 100 grit to round the letters off. The tree took about an hour and a half, max. I highly recommend the Demand Hot Knife for working with foam. It makes fast work of carving! The top branches took just minutes to cut and I used the 6" blade layed flat to make the veins in the leaves. Still want to add more branches to the top if it doesn't snow today. Hugging the top so close to the eaves should keep it from the damaging effects of snow and ice...
TR suggested adding a Toucan to the mix so I'll play with that and see what I can come up with.
I haven't had a chance to try out the hot knife sled attachment yet but you can shape the wire to any shape so I'm thinking about trying to make some fancy crown molding with it...

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Mike - that looks great.
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Thanks Leo!
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A little more progress despite the weather! Got the Toucan carved, painted and installed!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Wow that is some really cool painting going on there.
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Looks good Mike! Was the toucan routered or hand carved?

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Thanks Leo! I will probably have to repaint the toucan in the spring as I used rattle cans to get it done fast.

Thanks Jamie! The toucan is mostly routed. I used Sculptris to shape the body and cut it from 3 layers of 2" foam. It's just short of 3' tall. Didn't have long enough bits to do 2" deep properly so ended up finishing a lot of it by hand.

Because of the limitations in Sculptris, I've been working with Blender tutorials for the last couple of days and will probably start using it on a regular basis. I don't need most of the program's capabilities (like rendering and animation) since I am interested in just the shapes for the router but I like what it is able to do. It is very fast - and the price is right!

Had trouble taking pictures because it was snowing most of the day so it might be a bit hard to make out the giant chisel the toucan is holding. I spray painted it with aluminum paint so it really shines like a real tool!

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I like how far blender has come over the years, and it certainly is priced right! You might want to look at Daz's Hexagon. It's a little buggy, not much active development at the moment, but as a dedicated 3d modeler, it's VERY intuitive. I use it for 9 out of 10 3d projects, and really like it. It's main strength is the universal manipulator, with scale, rotate, move and extrude all in one tool.
And it's $20 right now!
http://www.daz3d.com/products/hexagon/hexagon-what-is-hexagon
I've tried so many 3d packages, and keep coming back to this one in the end!
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Jamie,

I will give it a look over the next couple of days. I'm doing a lot more 3D stuff these days and I need something simple and fast. Sculptris was simple but had limitations. Blender is a bit less user-friendly but free. I think I can find an extra $20 in my budget! Thanks for the link!

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