Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cleaning the Gutters

Here's another part of the process.  After the laser burns away the pattern, there are fine splinters poised to come loose, as well as dust and soot.  So before the polyurethane clear coat goes on, the frame needs to be … Continue reading

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Trading Port Sketch

On this page, I developed the idea for the 3-for-1 Trading port.

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Ribbons: How the Heck Do They Work

For the trading ports, I want to make custom pieces.  The default cardboard pieces that come with Catan will fit in my design, but they don't look great.  I was playing around with how to represent the notion of "trade … Continue reading

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A Bad Night Any Way You Cut It

I was at the laser last night and met with two disasters.  I was trying to cut the second half of my 3rd frame, hopefully the final version, my "1.0".  The first problem was knotty wood.  The middle ply must … Continue reading

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Wheat Sketch

This may be too gory a detail for some to appreciate, but this is the start of the process for making the artwork for the Catan tiles. I am going for an art-nouveau-inspired look. I start out with a sketch … Continue reading

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Keep Pushing This Sheep

Another attempt at a design for the Sheep tile. I got a lot of feedback, so thanks everyone who commented. This version keeps the abstract sheep shape from the previous design (“billowy and airy and puffy feeling” according to one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Day for Laser Beams

I was at the laser today. While cutting and etching a new board, I did another test of the pips. I printed all of the numbers out, and then some. I came home, sanded the board and sprayed on a … Continue reading

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