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Dan Sawatzky

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Today my grand daughter and I visited Hell's Gate Airtram, an attraction we built a large piece for many years ago. As we visited it brought back many memories.

 

 

Almost eight years ago now we bought our first MultiCam Router. I remember well the overwhelming feeling of complexity of both EnRoute and the whole idea of operating such a complicated piece of machinery. It was daunting to say the least.

 

I'm not at all gifted in computers or programs and in fact quite the opposite. But I was determined I could do this thing. I spent the first three months of owning our MultiCam just making samples and learning the ins and outs of EnRoute. To this point I didn't know what a vector was, had never operated a computer controlled machine of any type and had always done things by hand - with the help of a large crew. Luckily I had the help and support of some great people including our MultiCam dealer and the folks at EnRoute. In our shop I had the help of Phoenix Bermudez, my son-in-law.  He knew computers backwards and forwards and he was in charge of running the machine. I sat in my studio and banged away at the computer, doing my best to figure out the program and how to build three dimensional files. The only thing I really knew is what I was trying to achieve and not how to get there.

 

We started small with plenty of samples. Along the way we made plenty of mistakes and filled the dumpster with plenty of scraps. Eventually we were ready for our fist paying project. It was the proscenium for Hell's Gate Airtram. We would rely on many of our past skills for the project as well as incorporate the new ones. I welded up a large structural frame and Phoenix sculpted some very fine looking rock work. The piece was so large it had to be built in three sections and wasn't assembled until we got it onsite. We would rely on the MultiCam CNC router for the main lettering and the tram itself.

 

 

It's not often we use vinyl in our shop but occasionally there is the need.

 

 

Each piece was large and barely cleared the doors of our shop

 

 

The sign was transported without a scratch and fit perfectly onsite.

 

 

I love it when a plan comes together! What a great adventure it has been!

 

-dan




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Great story and impressive frontage.


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nice job Dan you're right it's great when a plan comes together!!
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That's one hell of a sign! haha!

The rock work is really nice. Im kind of curious about how it was attached in place?

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Thanks for the kind comments.

Jason

The sign wasn't attached to the building but was built as a free standing structure. The client poured a giant footing and we placed and fastened the sign onto it. The legs of the sign had structural steel inside which I welded up. We built the three large pieces in the shop.Here's a shot of the legs.


And here's a shot of the structure before we put the sign and rock work shell over it.


Here's a pic of the big section being loaded on the truck


And here's a pic of the first leg of the sign being installed


I hope that explains how it went together.

-grampa dan

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did you seal the joints once installed?
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There was a bit of patching along the bottom and over the fork lift holes but the seams between the large rock sections were left as cracks. Everything went in good and tight and still looks great almost seven years later.

-grampa dan

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