In case people are getting tired of my twisted-crest designs, I thought I would share this recent pop up:
I’ve been thinking about doing a local building or two for awhile. Talking to someone I know on the local Preservation board, I settled on the Westward Ho building in downtown Phoenix.
The Westward Ho is a landmark of downtown Phoenix. The hotel with office space and restaurants was built in 1928 and, remained the tallest building in Arizona until 1960. The steel tower and antenna were added in 1949 to broadcast the first television station in Phoenix. The building was converted to housing for the elderly and mobility-impaired in 1980.
Other people’s photos of the real building for comparison:
This was also fun Glowforge experiment. The text, lower windows and arches over the upper windows are engraved while everything else is vector cut. The rectangular windows lose some sharpness on the corners but, it saves a lot of time over engraving them.
Keeping the smoke and char off light-colored stock is also a challenge. Some of it goes with a light wipe down. Again, engraving everything would help but, at the cost of turning a 7 minute job into an hour+.