Dan Sawatzky’s Sign Magic Workshop

Coastal Enterprises, manufacturers of Precision Board HDU, is proud to announce a series of guest blogs written by Dan Sawatzky of Imagination Corporation, which will be posted on the Precision Board Blog each month. In this month’s entry, Dan Sawatzky tells us about the Sign Magic Workshops that he has been putting on for more than ten years now (and which Coastal Enterprises has been a proud sponsor of!) and the special name plaques each workshop participant gets fabricated from PBLT-30 Precision Board HDU.

As I came up in this business I found many I looked to for knowledge kept the ‘secrets’ hidden to those of us just starting out. I determined back then that when I was able I would instead share everything I knew. In the process I have found I learn much more than I can possibly give back.

One of the ways we share our knowledge is to host workshops a couple of times each year. Amazingly, we’ve welcomed hundreds of wonderful and talented people from around the world to our shop for these intense learning sessions. Each workshop is three long days of learning where we immerse our eager guests in everything we do in our shop. We do our best to answer every question, and share every technique we know. Through the three days of the workshop I give a series of talks about our design philosophy, pricing, marketing and so much more.


Each participant also has the opportunity for plenty of hands-on learning as we tackle a series of projects. We work with Precision Board, sculpting epoxy, welding steel, sculpting concrete and our unique way of painting. A whole lot of fun is crammed into the three days.

Coastal Enterprises has been a proud sponsor of our workshops since the first one, more than ten years ago. THANKS from myself, our crew and the hundreds of students through the years!

One of the ways we like to welcome our participants is to create a custom name plaque for everyone. Each name plaque measures about one square foot and is routed from a piece of 1.5” thick 30 lb Precision Board. These are painted up in magical ways by our expert crew. In the last week I’ve designed and routed the twenty name plaques for the next Sculpture Magic Workshop to be held this coming October. It’s still early but we like to be ready well in advance. This workshop sold out in only five hours!

The next Sign Magic Workshop will soon be announced for spring, 2019. For information you can check out this LINK.  Scroll to the bottom to see a gallery of this year’s routed plaques.

Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation is a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous national and international awards.

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force and visual storyteller extraordinaire. His art career spans almost fifty years of magic. Dan’s passion is to design and create imaginative places that take people from the normal world to a setting of delight and wonder.

Coastal Enterprises manufactures Precision Board HDU, a versatile, cost-effective and eco-friendly urethane sign material that is particularly effective for making professional-looking indoor and outdoor dimensional signs.  It is a closed-cell rigid substrate that does not rot, warp or crack.  You can request free samplesget a quote or sign up for periodic newsletters packed with helpful information.

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