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.


Getting ready to sail

We are working on the larger pieces with the intent on putting them into the shipping containers first and then filling in the remaining space with smaller pieces. We have a number of parge pieces underway. The KRAKEN is now ready for paint. The treehouse base is still in the wiring stage but will soon be ready. It's being worked on out in the parking lot. The house portion of the treehouse is now also ready for the wire. That left room in the shop to bring the ship back in. The first order of business was to build a sturdy frame and bumper to keep it safe on it's long sea going journey in the container. We then lifted the ship in the air and slid the frame under it.

Once the ship was secure on the frame we made some minor modifications to make doubly sure it could be squeezed into the container without rubbing the sides. The front of the frame will be used for smaller pieces that will fill the space.

Tomorrow we'll begin the sculpting process. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan


What if?

It's so much fun to up the ante with each piece we create for the Skallywag Bay Adventure Golf. As we build each feature we look at it closely and decide how we want to tell the story in the most graphic and over the top fashion possible. It seems the wilder the tale the better.

The feature for the first hole of the adventure golf is a gigantic cannon. This cannon didn't fire cannon balls. The plan was to have one of the Gruffles climb inside and be fired from the island fortress onto an approaching enemy ship with a grappling hook in hand. Joe was the first to give it a try. It didn't go nearly as well as they imagined. They named the cannon in his memory.

The cannon is quite unlike any other ever invented. It's a breach load with a huge door that forms the back of the giant gun. Now it's permanently swung open wide to allow golfers to shoot their ball inside. The barrel of the extremely large bore gun is made of wood planks much like a barrel made of staves and is circled with sturdy, riveted copper bands.

Inside the rather short barrel there are sculpted flames which serve as rifling, theoretically causing the subject to spin as he/she travels through the air. The theory was that this would ensure better accuracy.

A ramp is built behind the cannon to allow player's golf balls to roll up into the cannon. The balls will drop into one of two holes which will then feed the ball onto the green below. We'll be applying and sculpting the concrete on the rest of the cannon tomorrow.

The top view shows Joe's name engraved into the brass trim. We had great fun carving the fleur de lis into the aged wood of the barrel. This is going to paint up real pretty!

We also sculpted the last of the concrete on the KRAKEN body today, finishing the turbine engines on each side of the conning tower. The next step on the sub is the paint.

And as always we are beginning to have lots of discussion that begin with "What if?"

Just imagine. Stay tuned...

-grampa dan


Kraken - mud day 3

The crew worked hard tody to do the bulk of the sculpted concrete work on the KRAKEN. Only the two engines remain - tomorrow's work. 

It's looking very large and very cool! In fact I'll bet that it is the coolest KRAKEN in all of Yarrow!

-grampa dan