Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Comment Box Guy almost done

Chris and Marci mudded this guy on Sunday. I painted him and attached the box. I have a couple of shots of him with his light on. Just need some black plastic chain for his box and the inserts put in for his comment cards and flyers. He will need a final coat of polyurethane to make him weatherproof.

Cathedral Phase 3

We detail painted all the panels and stacked them up. We painted the doors. There is still some trim to paint and the triangle tops. The doors need to be decorated but it will all be done next weekend for the first setup test.

Cathedral pieces

We made some door handles for the big doors of the Cathedral. We also made some key stones with skulls in them for above the large arches.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Comment Box Mud Guy

Here is another update on the Monster Mud guy that holds the strong box. You can see the work light in his head and how the box will be held.

Cathedral Panels painted Black

I finished painting all the panels for the Cathedral flat black today. I did it a lot faster than I thought I would. They they wait to be detailed.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cathedral Phase 2

We took down the Cathedral walls and started to texture them. We added some trim around the windows and doors.

We use a Dremel with a felt tip to create the grout lines. We use scouring pads to rough up the stone. A heat gun to give it a hard texture.

Ah, slaves hard at work scrubing Cathedral walls!

Comment box structure

I built a strong box out of particle board and aluminium strips. It has a slot in the top for comments or donations and 2 plastic holders in the back for comment cards and flyers.

It will be part of a Mud guy who will be holding it in his hands hunched over it with a light shinning down. This is a picture of the start of the frame. It needs more wire over the lamp.

Cast hands and feet

Here are the completed rigid foam hands and feet.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Cathedral Phase 1

I spent all last week making the panels for the cathedral. 23 sheets of foam. 100 8ft 1x3's. 10 tubes of glue. 230 5x5 1/2 plywood squares. A ton of screws and plastic washers.

We set the first floor up on Saturday and the second floor out in front of it. We cut out the doorways and windows. We then drew out the stone patern. We are making some decrative trim pieces for it. Seeing it up like this gave us an idea of how big a structure this is going to be.

Chris side project

Chris had a work project that needed to get done today. So we took some time to do it. Turned out pretty cool.

We projected the images onto sheets of plywood then I used the jigsaw to cut them out. Chris then painted them. You just drive a pole in the ground and tiewrap them to the pole.

While we were at it we also traced out our Davis Graveyard logo onto a piece of foam. We will make a huge yard sign out of it for the corner.

Mud-o-vision man

Almost done with this guy. Need to apply a coat of polyurethane. Then add the electronics into him. Looks pretty good.

Detailed Tombstones

Jen and Chris detailed tombstones today. Here is a before and after photo.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Yearly tombstone Lawn display

We sponge painted all the new tombstones with several shades of gray. We laid them on the lawn to dry but they were almost dry as soon as we painted them.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Casting Hands

When we built the Mourner Memorial we had already ordered some urethane female hands for our other Memorials. So I decided to order some Prosthetic Grade Alginate from a company in Medford OR called ACCU-CAST www.accu-cast.us so we could cast some hands. This process worked out pretty well.

We liked the hands so much that we also cast some bare feet to stick out of the bottom of the Mourner.

Monster Mud

We mudded our new Mourner Memorial and the Mud-o-Vision guard. They turned out great.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Last weekend Chris finish painted all of our foam skulls we made. Now we have a "basket-o-skulls". There are even more in the plastic bag and a few tiny skulls too.

Introducing....Loo Loo

We received a gift last weekend in the form of Loo Loo the adults only Pinata. She has a tag on her that says "Must be 21 to Play". She also came with intructions that were pretty funny. She is all "tarted up" with a playboy bunny sticker in her chest and a couple of stickers on her "fill hole" that say "Spank me" "right here". I think she was originaly a character from a childrens cartoon that has been "modified". I guess the prizes within are "adult only". We haven't decided the best way to use her?

Thanks Karen and Allen!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Crypt Doors

We finished the Crypt Doors today. The Crypt is basically done. We need to do some minor touch up paint but we are going to put it away until October for now.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

New fencing

I installed some new fencing between our old brick and wrought iron fence and the black chain link fence the city installed when they did the new roadway. Chris Reid was a great help on the project. It was a figure out as you go project but it worked out ok in the end. We want to put a small corner cement wall in the lower corners with skulls emedded in them.

New monuments

Here are a couple of new monuments we are working on.