Say it with Flowers - The petals of these colorful blossoms were made with vacuum-formed polycarbonate, then painted and assembled by hand.
Made for an atrium garden at a children's hospital, these fanciful flowers are just what the doctor ordered.
Cognitive development - This is one of two giant motorized gears we created to serve as the focal point of the lobby in an upscale hotel. One is floor-mounted and the other ceiling mounted, positioned so that their operation appears to intermesh.
The gears were fabricated in two pieces for ease of transport (and so they'd fit through the front door). Once the final touches of a faux industrial cast iron finish were applied, the seams became virtually invisible.
Fortunately, John's been drinking a lot of water...This Jelly Sculpture in process is comprised of more than 600 individually painted jellies in different shapes and textures, made of vacuum-formed polycarbonate.
...just in case he gets stung
Polycarbonate is both strong and light weight, which is a good thing since the sculpture is suspended up high in an atrium at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, right over the heads of hundreds of visitors.
Puzzling - Each element for the Tooner Field façade had to break down small enough to fit onto a semi trailer.
Like a puzzle only huge!
Backed with a frame of powder coated 2” square tube steel, these 1½” thick exterior plywood faces weighed a total of over 75 tons by the time we were through.
Tailor made - It’s like gift-wrapping a big present shaped like a Zeppelin. Once the fabric was applied, the surface was shrunk tight as a drum.
That’s a wrap
Our design department knew we wouldn’t want to be finishing seams on site, so they designed it to be fabricated, shipped and installed in one piece. Easy for them to say.
Candy from Costco - This oversized box of Good & Plenty turned out quite good and was plenty big enough. Made out of Gatorboard with a printed vinyl skin, this box is lightweight and strong.
This should last a while…
Imagine a home theater with gargantuan candy as part of the décor and then you could be our client.
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto - When Dexter builds a robot in his Cartoon network laboratory, you know that the finished project will be awesome.
3 dimensional cartoon kid
When Dillon Works recreates that robot, you know the finished project will also be awesome.
Venus Guy Traps? - We made the petals of these gigantic flowers with vacuum-formed polycarbonate. The flowers are about 6 feet long each and have internally illuminated stamens.
This Bud's for you
Combined with a translucent, color-changing butterfly and fabric leaves, they make an impressive sculpture that is suspended about 30 feet above the ground in a mall atrium.
Group effort - You have to admit, it’s pretty exciting when a project of this magnitude nears completion.
Reaching new heights
Every person in this photo (and a few that were absent that day) contributed to the success of this project. We care because we can.
Kelp forest - We used thin strips of Lexan woven back and forth over a stainless aircraft cable to fabricate 30-foot tall kelp blades for a Sony Playstation exhibit.
A sushi maker’s fantasy
The kelp was so realistic, a couple of people got the "bends" just looking at it.
Get the lead out -Stained glass is just one more of the multitude of materials we work with. These panels will be used in large exterior lanterns.
Some assembly required
These real stained glass panels are sandwiched between two layers of impact resistant plastic to prevent breakage in their outdoor location. (Safe from slingshots, and other natural enemies of glass.)
You're benched for the rest of this project! -This wood structure is the inner framework for a circular upholstered banquette in a restaurant.
Physically working on the bench
The plywood components were cut on a computer controlled laser cutter which makes that part of the project cost effective, fast and accurate. Actually, you could say that about the entire project.
This Old House - At first glance it looks like a wood shop out here, but that ain't the half of it.
Suffice it to say, we work with all sorts of plastic, glass, fiberglass, vinyl and laminate.
Oh yeah, we also use good old-fashioned wood, nails and glue.
We have table, band, chop and miter saws. We also have pneumatic nailers, staplers and a sandblast booth. And we have pretty much any type of hand tool used on "This Old House."
The Fifth Dimension - This steel and wood structure is part of a hot air balloon basket we created to theme one of six nurse stations at UNM's Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
The musical group, not a mystery of the Universe
Get it? The Fifth Dimension was a group popular in the 60’s and 70’s who recorded "Up, Up and Away", a canonical example of sunshine pop, themed around images of hot air ballooning.
Totally tubular - Here is a good example of a whole bunch of different wood and plastic pieces being assembled and justifying us calling this department the Wood & Plastics shop.
No, this is not a Michael Jackson's hyperbaric chamber
This is part of a stage set mechanism to dump various materials on kids as part of their weekly Children’s Ministry service at the Christian Faith Center.
Curio cabinet - Millwork is an art. We take it very seriously. Even when we're building something fun, it's serious work. Seriously.
Not the "Woodwright's Shop"
Speaking of the "Woodwright's Shop" on PBS, how come that guy on the show is always sweating so much?
Flock of eagles - The various parts of these frosted plastic eagles were water-jet cut, heat-formed, and then assembled by hand.
With up to an 8-foot wingspan, these eagles hang in the buffet at the new Tulalip Casino in Washington state.
Up periscope - This system of pipes hangs from the ceiling of a home theater and adds to the illusion that you're on the Nautilus Submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Dive, dive, dive...
We work with a variety of materials in our Fabrication shop. This element is wood, foam, PVC pipe and urethane, but we work with more. Much more.
Two halves make a (w)hole - We fabricated two 22' long curved wall structures with a wooden frame clad in plywood and finished with laminate. Placed back-to-back they create a freestanding "reading wall" for a children's hospital.
Polyethylene cylinders connect the two walls creating cubby holes in which kids can read and relax while awaiting their next appointment.