Sawatzky Guest Blog: A Precision Board Sample for the Ages

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. This month Dan Sawatzky talks about a sample sign he made from 30lb Precision Board nearly ten years ago that has endured road trips to trade shows and lived in different spots in his studio/showroom.  It just goes to show the staying power of signs made from Precision Board high-density urethane (and the limited upkeep on them too!).

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In Dan’s own words…

We built this sign back in the fall of 2010 – almost ten long years ago! It was a sample piece I created during our slow time in the financial recession. The sign was honoured with national and international awards and was featured in the trade magazines too. Best of all this sample sign brought us tens of thousands of dollars of paying work.

It weathered a lot of miles in the first couple of years. It travelled to a number of trade shows. It lived in my design studio when it wasn’t on the road. About five years ago we cut off the heavy duty floor stand and instead fashioned a new wall mount. It’s been moved from time to time when we rearrange the shop but it has lived on the upper wall of our workshop since then. Two or three times each year when we do a deep clean this sign gets the dust blown off along with the other 150 samples that live there.

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The sign is made using PBLT-30 Precision Board HDU and still looks as good as the day it was finished.

Ed note: You can read all about how Dan put this project together back in 2011 with our throwback blog HERE.  He ended up winning first place in Sign Media Canada’s Stand Alone Sign category for this sign.  Here’s a photo from when he created it almost ten years ago.  Hard to tell the difference between then and now!

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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.