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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cr6surfs, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. cr6surfs

    cr6surfs New Member

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    Hi Signs 101:

    Like several other "newbies" I have also been a lurker on this site for a while.

    So what to tell you all? Well I am certainley a "newbie" and an amatuer. My start in "sign making" happened quite by accident. By profession I am a Systems Engineer.

    I am an avid waterman and live on the NJ Coast. One of my many endeavours is rebuilding wooded boats ( believe there is no money in that it is absolutely a passion).

    So how I got started, well several years ago I was instructed to take some courses toward my MBA from my employer....frankly I was burnt out..so while standing in line for registration I signed up instead for Drawing and Typography courses...my boss was none to pleased...too bad. As I mentioned I was feeling "burnt out" and needed a "creative spark". I absolutely loved the courses. Anyway I began making hand carved and routed quarter boards etc for some of the boats I had restored and then the calls sort of rolled in.

    Most of my work has been designed on a drafting table ( yes I know old school...whatever) and a pounce wheel. I have been using Adobe Illustrator as well.

    I have no illusions of making $$$$zillions and there are plenty of sign shops in this area ....some excellent and some horrible.

    I will likely start up very slowly, plan , choose markets/customers carefully and purchase capital equipment only when I absolutely must as there are plenty of contract CNC and Sandblast companies around (yes my interests are in carved signs).

    From a more personal view: 4 children, 1 wife, 1 cat, 1 dog, too many boats and surfboards.

    So I look forward to your advice ( and some of the flames...pretty funny)

    Chris ( cr6)
     
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    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome to :signs101: from PA.

    You certainly have a good handle on starting up. You’ll probably be able to give people here… advice on that end. :biggrin:
     
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    High Octane Active Member

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    Welcome from Michigan
     
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    Howdee from VA.......................
     
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    Welcome Cr6 from A-Town, TX
     
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    Welcome

    You are not the first or only engineer! Good for you!
     
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    Welcome Aboard!:thumb:
     
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    Welcome from Oklahoma!

    :Welcome: To :signs101: ​
     
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    welcome from bellmawr/wildwoodcrest NJ:Welcome:
     
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    Jackpine Major Contributor

    Welcome to the group.
     
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    :Welcome: to :signs101: from Kansas :Coffee:
     
  13. Ken

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    Hi Chris. Welcome!
    Thanks for your thoughtful introduction. I love old wooden boats too. You're right, they are a passion, though a few have generated serious dollars dealing in them. You might want to check out a relatively new machine called the Carvewright. It's a 3-D router. It is interesting to me, perhaps for you also.
    Cheers!
    Ken
     
  14. cr6surfs

    cr6surfs New Member

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    Thanks for the welcomes

    All:

    Thanks for the welcome.

    Ken thanks for the heads up on the Carvewright...neat machine.

    Chris (cr6)
     

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