New Sign for New Shop

Last October, we moved into a new shop space in a local industrial park. I am very happy with the new shop location and the new space. It’s working quite well for now. The following shots show the process of making the new shop sign that will hang over the entrance.

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Next, I used the CNC to carve out some shapes and letters.

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Next, a second layer was added to create the profile of the cub. The material is a weatherproof, high density sign foam. Gorilla glue is used to attach the foam to itself.

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Next, the hand carving was done with an angle grinder with a sanding disc. A dremel was used to create the finer details of the wood texture and the face. An arbortec mini grinder was used to create the fur texture.

Next, a french cleat was embedded in the back for easy hanging.

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Now, it’s time for color!! First, we painted the whole thing black as a dramatic undertone to all the color and texture.

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Next, the background was sprayed with two tones of tan color. The lower level of the letters was painted a forest green. The top surface of the letters were finished with a gold paint product from Modern Masters. The gold sheen looks almost like real gold leaf. First, the letters were painted pale yellow and then two coats of the gold went over the top. The log was painted dark brown as well as the frame. Subtle tones of moss green were mixed around the bark texture.

Finally, the sign was installed in front of the shop!

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Carved Table for U.S.S. California Submarine

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USS California (SSN 781) Chiefs in front of the WWII Submarine Memorial in Groton, CT. (U.S. Navy Photo by John Narewski)

One of our Navy’s sub bases is not too far from here, and the Chief of the U.S.S. California Submarine dropped off a large slab of California Redwood ($500 on Ebay) and requested the ships logo be carved into the surface. Being from New England, I’ve never had the opportunity to carve Redwood. All the carvers on the West coast carve it all the time and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. It was really nice to carve, soft but tight grain to hold detail. Great wood.

He provided the logo…

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I added the ribbon…

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and then created the layout…

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The CNC carved the shapes and text. All the textures and forms were then hand carved with small power carving tools. It was finished with 3 coats of gloss polyurethane at the Chief’s request.

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, the Chief was thrilled and showed it off at a large Navy banquet.

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Lemon Drops Mesquite Sign

This customer requested a rustic mesquite sign with the following text. The size is roughly 1″x 18″x 24″. The rough lumber came from my friend, Caleb, who runs Mesquite Valley Wood Crafts in Elm Mott, TX. Check out his site here…  www.mesquitevalleywoodcrafts.com/ The boards were run through the thickness planer and edge glued to create the large sign blank.

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Finished with a satin polyurethane…

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I haven’t had much experience with mesquite, but it sure has an amazing color and irresistible grain patterns!

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Ratatouille Sign

This customer requested this sign to be made roughly 18″ x 24″. He provided the graphic, but wanted just the image, no text. It is carved from pvc board and painted with latex paints.

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Stihl Sign

Our friends at Stihl requested a number sign to go on top of this shop sign. The sign was made of weatherproof, 1″ thick pvc board with pop out letters.

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Be Still & Know Mesquite Sign

This customer requested a rustic mesquite sign with the following text. The size is roughly 4′ x 2’x 2″. The rough lumber came from my friend, Caleb, who runs Mesquite Valley Wood Crafts in Elm Mott, TX. Check out his site here…  www.mesquitevalleywoodcrafts.com/ The boards were run through the thickness planer and edge glued to create the large sign blank. I haven’t had much experience with mesquite, but it sure has an amazing color and irresistible grain patterns!

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The letters were carved on the CNC and then painted.

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Then, the sign was finished with a deck and fence oil wood preservative.

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This will be sent out to Phoenix, Arizona to a customer building a new home.

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