Full Version: A Gift I'd Love to Have

From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#1]
 31 Jan 2007
To: ALL

I've got a couple sisters who are graphic art majors, but the cousin we grew up with, Scott Takes, is the artisan with the God-given gift.

Scott's work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, showing his creation of the Miracle Mural on Interstate 80 in Iowa City, IA.

As an example, here is a news clip from a Cedar Rapids, IA television station featuring a recent project he has been working on. LINK

EDITED: 31 Jan 2007 by DATAKES


From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#2]
 31 Jan 2007
To: ALL

Here are some images of some other projects Scott has done. His specialty is doing custom paint jobs on custom choppers.










From: Mike (MIKEN) [#3]
 31 Jan 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#2] 31 Jan 2007

David:

Very impressive work. I too would love to have that talent.
Thanks,

From: Becky (KIAIJANE) [#4]
 31 Jan 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#2] 31 Jan 2007

Dave-
While that work is no doubt impressive, don't sell yourself and your talents short. I have seen you crank out impressive logos and designs on this forum faster than you can say "direct mail marketing".
You have a lot of talent and gift yourself too...don't ever forget that.....
Becky

From: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#5]
 31 Jan 2007
To: Becky (KIAIJANE) [#4] 1 Feb 2007

Not to mention the fact that he educated me on "wing walls", which will now be incorporated into my new shop! B-)

From: Stunt Engraver (DGL) [#6]
 31 Jan 2007
To: Becky (KIAIJANE) [#4] 1 Feb 2007

Becky,

I agree.

David may feel down the ladder from his cousin, but he's a few rungs above the average practitioner in the awards and engraving industry.

Not only can David come up with design concepts very quickly, I've seen some of his layouts for trophy plates, etc., which are beyond what the average engraver visualizes.

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From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#7]
 31 Jan 2007
To: ALL

Stop it, but thanks. :-$

From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#8]
 1 Feb 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#5] 1 Feb 2007

Cody,

I'm glad to hear you decided to go with some wing walls. It adds so much more display space. As I mentioned before, it's the most affordable way to gain that additional space.

Don't forget to take these display areas into account when laying out your lighting plan.


From: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#9]
 1 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#8] 1 Feb 2007

David,

It will definitely add to our display space, but more importantly, it breaks up our showroom. On one side of the wall (toward the front door), we'll have our higher-end corporate style awards. These will be the first items that a patron will see when they come in the shop.

On the back side of the wall - almost in another room - we'll have our school-related items, including trophies. It is important to us that these items be visually separated from the more expensive items.

We'll give our contractor the go-ahead to get started today or tomorrow. I'll try to post pictures of the progress along the way.

Lighting is another issue altogether. The drop-style ceiling is already in place with lights. Several lights will have to be moved, as we'll have walls where they are now. These changes may necessitate using different types of light fixtures, such as track lights (I love the effect that track lights have on some types of displays).

I'll be sure to keep a photo journal of our progress, and post the pics here....as long as I can remember how to do that.


Cody


From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#10]
 1 Feb 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#9] 1 Feb 2007

Cody,

Track lighting is something you can invest in down the road.

I had fluorescent lights in my commercial space as well and they are still there. I don't use them because I just don't like the quality of light that fluorescents put out for merchandise display purposes.

When building out our space I had track lighting installed that runs parallel to every wall, plus a couple that are centered and perpendicular, which helps to brighten up our center tiered displays.

On our track I count a total of seventy medium-sized 50-watt halogen spot lights. They put out a very bright white that makes the products glisten, assuming the product that they are shining on is kept clean :-$.

Over our service counter I had can lights installed.

EDITED: 1 Feb 2007 by DATAKES


From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#11]
 1 Feb 2007
To: Cody (BOBTNAILER) [#9] 1 Feb 2007

The trick to making fluorescent lighting make the product look good is to use warm white bulbs. A little more expensive but gives a warm feel compared to those dreaded daylight bulbs. The kitchen/bath bulbs are a cross between the two.

It is a bad idea to mix the two types, one looks pink and one looks blue when both are used together. Keep the removed blue ones for replacements in the shop area. It will make a world of difference in the showroom.


From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#12]
 1 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#2] 2 Feb 2007

David,
Did he do the portraits above the bar?


From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#13]
 2 Feb 2007
To: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#12] 2 Feb 2007

Yes he did.

From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#14]
 2 Feb 2007
To: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#13] 2 Feb 2007

He could make a fortune over here.

VERY impressive.


From: Engravin' Dave (DATAKES) [#15]
 2 Feb 2007
To: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#14] 2 Feb 2007

He has the midas touch wherever he goes, but you would never know it. He comes from an awesome family. Don't get me started on his other 7 siblings.

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