Whistle Punk Hollow Theming Job by Dan Sawatzky

Whistle Punk Hollow Adventure Golf in Squamish, BC is the newest recipient of an Imagination Corporation 3-D makeover. Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 was heavily incorporated into many aspects of the designs, including a massive train complete with Precision Board railroad tracks that turned out beautiful!

As a side note, here are a few of Dan’s favorite things:

Many more details about this project are available on Dan Sawatzky’s blog.










Sculpting A Flatbed With Dan Sawatzky

Signcraft Magazine recently published an excellent article featuring a special truck Dan Sawatzky made for us to display at ISA 2013. Made from PBLT-30, the truck was a big hit, and was what we used to display the free Precision Board Plus HDU samples for attendees to evaluate.

Take a look at the Signcraft feature/breakdown here.

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Ever Wonder What Happens at a 3-Day Sign Camp?

Last week signmakers got together in Bridgeton, IN. Held in a county known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World“, over 50 signmakers from all over the world were together for a creative learning experience. Thank you to Rob Jones, owner of Covered Bridge Signs for putting this whole thing together. Also thanks to Ed Morgan, owner of Branson Cedar Signs for these beautiful pictures!


The Indiana sign camp was held over the course of three days and was an open-minded workshop covering everything from installation, signmaking and finishing techniques to tips for up-selling signs. Part of the beauty of workshops such as these is the wealth of knowledge available from everyone in attendance. Being so close to other talented craftsmen allows for a unique brainstorming of creative ideas, and really lets the goal of helping each other become successful shine through.


Throughout the 3-day workshop, attendees were taught techniques from several well-known people in the sign industry including Dan Sawatzky of Imagination Corporation, Sandy Baird of Windwalker Signs, Jamie and Jody Oxenham of Oxenham Design, Peter Poanessa of Keene Signworx and Kellie Miller of Coastal Enterprises.


 Each attendee received a CNC routed piece of Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 and was able to walk through the steps of building a 3-d sign including priming, painting and finishing techniques. Everyone had a chance to spend time with different instructors and all walked away with something new that was helpful to them.



photo-1.4Sandy Baird from Canada, Kellie Miller, Manfred Didier from Germany and Jody Oxenham, also from Canada.

photo.5Mr. Wray Bassett of Graphic ID


This is the 3rd sign camp held by Rob Jones, owner of Covered Bridge Signs, and the largest yet. If you weren’t able to make it, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Click here to see more pictures of the sign camp taken by Ed!

A Hand-Carved Crawdad Creation

When speaking with our latest Facebook contest winner Jon Peterman about his very unique “Crawdad Festival” sign, I found out that the sign was not made for a customer, but as a sign he keeps in his shop for customers to see (his town has an annual “Crawdad Festival”). For this showpiece, Jon was able to make this sign appear to be made from aged wood, when in reality it was Precision Board Plus coupled with some clever finishing techniques.

Jon started by laminating 2 pieces of 1″ PBLT-18 HDU together. Once bonded, a die grinder was used to simulate knots and deep grooves into the board, with a small wire brush for the finer grain lines.

The “Crawdad” letters consist of 1/2″ Precision Board HDU attached to 1/4″ PVC with Magic Sculpt (which can be used as an adhesive or a texture.), and the “Festival” letters were also cut out of 1/2″ Precision Board Plus HDU. All letters were cut out by hand using a scroll saw.


The “aged wood” look was achieved by paint techniques Jon acquired while attending one of Dan Sawatzky’s Sign Magic Workshops. After priming the sign using FSC-88WB, Jon prepared a glaze using a Sherwin Williams ultra deep base and adding bluish gray paint. While another glaze was created by taking the same base and adding red-brown. The darker portions of the wood were finished by alternately wiping the separate glazes onto the board and wiping them off, leaving it in the deeper grain lines and knots.


The happy looking crawdad was also made by creative, inspiring techniques. Using a styrofoam ball attached to the Precision Board HDU with Magic Sculpt, Jon shaped it and applied tin foil in several locations to form the crawdad. The antennae were made by taking a piece of tie wire he had in his shop and tying one end to his work table, attaching the other end to a wood screw hook he chucked into his drill, turning it on and watching it twist. The wire was primed using FSC-88WB and painted with Ronan Aquacote paint, marking the finish of this hand-crafted masterpiece.


Jon Peterman is the owner of JP Graphics, located in Grants Pass, OR. For more information, please visit his website our check out his Coastal Enterprises Directory Listing.


Why PBLT-30? Ask Dan Sawatzky!

As many of you know, Dan is a much respected signmaker in the industry, well known for his 3-D and CNC expertise. Dan owns Imagination Corporation, in Yarrow, BC. and is quite fond of Precision Board Plus HDU, specifically PBLT-30.

Dan explains just what it is he likes about Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 HDU in a post on his blog:


We’ll send you a free sample of PBLT-30! Visit: https://precisionboard.com/services/request-a-sample/

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 Dan standing next to his truck at our booth last week at ISA.