Hand Carved Signs

horsemen gentlemen hackers cast molded polyester sign applique classic signs nc 220x165The "Bas Relief" or flat carving on signs is the most common carving we do. Sculpting in full 3d quite often won't work for signs, as a full blown hand carved piece would overwhelm the sign.

As the copy or text of the sign itself is the important item, we most often will stick to a simple 3d carving of minimal thickness to portray whatever is required.

lady bedford hand carved sandblasted prismatic letters gold leaf classic signs nc 220x173If you have one of our signs with a carving on it please photograph it and send it to us as we don't have many photographs especially of pieces we have carved for house or home signs.


juiceit hand carved stylized fruit on shop business sign 220x165The Cameo Lady to the left was hand carved into a piece of HDU, then a mold was made and the cameo was cast.

Very often simple is what's needed

Very often when we are carving a piece for a sign or hand painting a picture on a sign we don't want too much detail. If your sign is going next to your door or entrance to your office, it's fine to have a beautifully painted or hand carved piece for your sign. It will be viewed from close up by people standing still or walking slowly and it will have their undivided attention even if only for a few moments. That is enough for them to appreciate it.

However if the hand carved or hand painted sign is going on a driveway or out at the street as most signs do, especially business or shop signs; then too much detail will hinder people reading it. At 5 MPH a driver will do no more than give a cursory glance at your sign (he or she is thinking of much more important things like not driving into your flower bed).

basket of flowers 220x165At 15-20 MPH fine details are unnoticeable and over 25 it is just a grey blur which can look awful. Its our job as your sign consultant to find out where the sign is going and how fast the traffic will be going past it, then we can calculate the size of the letters needed to get your message to the appropriate parties.

connie routed & handcarved Pub sign closeup D type jag from Classic signs NC 220x191So when too much detail will be working aganist you, we simplify the design; sometimes to the point where we have almost a characterization of the image; (see the fruit to the right) it may look a little unreal when standing in front of the carved sign but at 40MPH it will look great and it will be recognised for what it is.



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Featured Sign of the Month

Uwharrie Point Country Club Main Entrance

This PVC Monument Sign is approx 8ft high by 14ft. wide and was originally made from Redwood. After approx 25 years it had rotted. The board of the residents association were very keen to keep the original appearance exactly the same as the original but they wanted it to be from a material that wouldn't rot.  We had access to  the original architects drawings, so we set about converting the plans into a computer file engineered to be made from PVC and aluminum but to look exactly like the original. Every piece of coving and molding was made in house, and then assembled into three pieces which were transported to the site where it was assembled. The whole monument sign was painted with six coats of a high quality Benjamin Moore latex paint ( it lasts longer on PVC than paints costing over $100 .00/gall more. Then apart from the center panel all of the monument was painted once more by brush and as it was drying the brushes were dragged carefully along the length of each section creating a wood grain effect; thus removing any appearance of the sign looking plastic.

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