Carved Sewing Machine

My friend and veteran sign maker, John Miller, from SignsbyAutografix in CT, created an excellent sign design for a local tailor that incorporated an antique sewing machine on the top. He asked me to make the sewing machine and he took care of the rest.

I used the CNC to cut out 3 profiles to glue up and then I used reference photos to carve the rest.

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Carved Log Disk

A customer showed up with this log disk he cut with his chainsaw. He and his wife are from Ireland and speak fluent Gaelic. They asked me to carve this saying into the wood as a gift for their friend. It means something like “there is no one like him”.( I could totally be messing that up)

 

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Personalized Pet Portrait Sign

This customer’s beloved pet, Holly, is getting old and she wanted to create a sign to memorialize her before she passes on. She sent me some pictures and the spelling of her name and this is what was made…

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Welcome Signs – Grove School – Madison, CT

The Grove School in Madison, CT got in touch and ordered two signs. The first one greets visitors and directs them to the second one, the Welcome Center. Pictures were taken of the area with the old signs and sign sketches were Photoshop’d into the areas to help visualize the possibilities.

The old and new Welcome sign

 

The old and new Welcome Center sign…

These were made from weatherproof 1″ thick PVC board and painted with premium exterior paints.

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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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