Glen Kadelbach, owner of Innovative Foam, ( as well as a number of other affiliated businesses) believes that sometimes you HAVE to act on instincts, and hunches, and then take a chance by trying to make these ideas into something tangible.
This was our second Camp at Glen's shop, and he
again showed us some of the ways he
has incorporated this concept into building a successful business ( or two, or three...). Glen's work is almost exclusively in foam, LARGE foam pieces.
has found ways to make his
work SO interesting that he
consistently gets great projects to work on.
Last year he
was showing us some of his
techniques for building large pieces, and then coating them for exterior applications.
Some of you may have seen Glen's work on the Shopbot web page, including pieces for the Department of defense
This year he
showed how a business can be built by developing a reputation as being "the guy who CAN get the job done, regardless of size...".
When we walked into his
was starting to put the final touches on a "forest of foam" which will be part of a large ( NYC) Christmas display.
The fact that Glen
is in Central Minnesota, and getting this kind of work further points out the reputation, and success he
has been developing.
In addition to the "forest" there were various, huge projects all over the shop including a foam bridge, white board writing pads, and very large sets of numbers for other shops to work with.
even had to move a couple of 250 pound blocks of foam out of the shop so we would have room to place our chairs etc., inside.
Glen works with a Shopbot ( that has a very deep Z axis) and a CNC hot wire foam cutting machine, and there probably isn't a shape he can't generate in one way or the other between his arsenal of tools, and his ingenuity.
In addition to his
booming businesses, including one which exclusively builds props for photographers, he
also finds the time to run an 80 acre organic farm as well, so he
has some equipment around the shop which is waaaay beyond the scope of the average 'Botter.
Thanks again to Glen
, and his
family for having us around for the weekend !