Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation

Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation is a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous national and international awards.


42392 Yarrow Central Road

Chilliwack, BC, CANADA

V2R 5E2

604 823 2216

Dan Sawatzky


Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force. He is a visual storyteller extraordinaire. His art career spans more than forty years of magic.  Dan and his crew host Sign Magic and Sculpture Magic Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world.


Horsing around

Another workday and much more creative magic happened in the shop. The biggest current piece, the horse and wagon recieved it's wheels and the last of it's colors today.

By the end of the day it was done. It will be allowed to cure through the weekend and then on Monday will gallop out of the shop to make room for more.

In the welding department the giant frame for the entrance was begun in earnest today. The gate is quite large but still has a people friendly scale. 

Contrary to public opinion we do know how to use tape measures, levels and squares and all are used to make sure the framework is perfect in order for the gates to operate smoothly and line up perfectly. 

Now that the framework is done we'll put the precision tools away and go back to having fun.

-grampa dan


Found treasure!

I'm convinced that we don't ever outgrow our desire to play in the dirt. It's fun! 

Today Peter and I finally got to sculpt a project we've been looking forward to for some time. DIRT! The challenge was to create a treasure chest half dug out of a dirt bank. Sounds easy but to make it believeable is a definite challenge which we've never tackled before.

Peter welded up the armature a few days ago and the wiring crew attached the lath. Today at last the special fiberglass reinforced concrete was mixed and then troweled on extra thick. Lumps and bumps were added in exact locations. These would become various sized stones in the dirt. It all had to look unplanned and haphazard. Then the whole mess was allowed to set to just the right hardness. Then the sculpting fun began. We used our usual tools but also tried a variety of new ones to create a dirt texture. The result looks like... a treasure chest dug out of the dirt!

Once cured, painted and delivered the piece will be put in place and then soil mounded up behind. Careful planting of the landscape materials will ensure it looks like it has been there forever.

The treasure and dirtbank will be placed by the thirteenth hole of the mini golf. Nearby, the guests riding the pirate train will get a glimpse of the unburied treasure as well. The golfing green will be a double pathed hole with a raised island portion in the center. In that island there will be a pile of dirt and rocks with the treasure hunter's shovel stuck in the middle. That too was sculpted today.

The treasure has been found!

-grampa dan


Anchors aweigh

Each day we do our best to do a variety of tasks to keep things moving along. Welding the armatures continues with three welders going full blast most of the time. The painting crew also keeps the paint flowing on three or four features. And the wring of the armatures is always in progress. We also try to do some concrete work each day. Generally this isn't started until mid-morning so we can have lunch on time while the concrete begins to set up. After lunch the carving begins and as the concrete hardens everyone peels off their other tasks to get it done before it is too late. As the concrete sculpting is finished the crew goes back to their regular work.

Today, three of the smaller pieces got their concrete skin including the anchor, a treature chest and a hollow log that will act as features on the mini golf holes.

As per usual exquisite details took each piece over the top. Tomorrow we'll do some more. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan