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Dan Sawatzky

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A lot of our projects are a combination of routed Precision Board, welded steel and sculpted concrete. It all depends on the detail we need and the best way to do things. A recent project is a good example.

I kept the Multicam busy cutting LOTS of pieces.


Here's the pile before I started assembly


And here it is going together.


Heres a typical (one of eight) wheelset going tougher before paint. When we were done it was impossible to tell what it was made from for it looked like rusty steel.

Delivery day is always exciting. The engine weighed in at 1650 lbs.


And here's a couple of shots of the finished train. Our customer built the trestle and did a wonderful job too!



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Thank you for posting this. As a everyday visitor of your blogs I already know this fantastic project.

Your creativity and amount of workload impresses me again and again. I love your choreography and how anything carries your typical thumbprint. A bit cartoonish and allways with very well balanced proportions and "body flow". Can't see and learn enough from your fantastic work.

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That is really great, the rust finish really makes it.


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Dan,

You are a wealth of inspiration! Thank you for sharing photos of the project - it's wonderful!

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Leo Voisine

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I will second that wealth of inspiration


BTW - I love anything to do with Trains

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For those that don't already know this: Dan doesn't go half-way on anything.

Without being too mushy, I can only say that when Dan told me before his workshop that
it would change my life, I sensed that it wasn't a boast.  It DID change my life
and sparked a new career and business.  I slept very little during my visit to his shop,
and kept the man from sleeping with questions and discussion.  People sometimes
say "It was an eye opener".  In this case it was "a mind opener".  I retired from work
the moment I got home, and began a career in fun.  "Thank you" doesn't begin to
cover it.  The best thing I got from his workshop? A trusted and valuable friend.

Now I'll quit with the mushy parts and get back to devastating him in our fish competition.
With every new LED, he puts himself in additional danger.
Dan Sawatzky

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Thanks for the kind words Doug and all.  I love what I do and it is my primary goal to light a similar fire of passion in all I come across. Doug and many others including others here who have attended my workshops do me proud when they succeed.

I hear Doug's brand of fish tastes good - sorta like chicken. Coincidence?   

-grampa dan

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I sat in front of Dan for a few brief seconds - er really a day and a few hours, in Indiana.

Someday - I don't know when - but Diane and I will visit one of Dan's workshops.

As far as I am concerned - Dan has already changed my life.

Unfortunately - I do make a living at this stuff - YET - so I still need to go to work.

Every day now - I step into a world of work and leave the "extraordinary" behind.

One day, I will be able to say, Step into my shop, leave the ordinary behind and walk into the "extraordinary"

At least I can begin to see it.

Thank you Dan.

****  AND I have not even been to Dan's workshop.  He didn't pay me either.

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