DIY Barber Pole

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Project by Brady posted 08-27-2018 03:50 PM 1951 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from PVC and paint, we needed a barber pole for our display at craft shows and art shows. The base and trim are made from scrap wood that I had in the shop. I even found a use in this for some left over cabinet trim that had been sitting around for years.

The top is a standard light globe that I found at Home Depot. To illuminate it, I stuffed the pole full of packing paper and used the same type of battery-powered LED light that I used in my Tumbleweed Lights project.

I posted a video on the processes of the actual pole here:

The sign is carved with my cnc machine with plywood trim to give it some depth. We painted it hammered black and then tried to paint the carved part by hand. Took about 5 minutes to give up. So I created a stencil with the laser and then spray painted the gold.

-- Brady, Texas,

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 04:11 PM

Pretty slick, does the light catch more attention, or just the pole itself? I’ve seen some vendors at craft, and antique shows with Cigar store Indians, Barber Poles, and other catches to draw your eye in before, and never gave it a thought to what I was actually seeing till this post.


Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 04:17 PM

That’s a great question. What I noticed over the weekend is that nobody commented on the pole or the carved sign itself, but the display in general drew a lot of attention. The pole is a detail that makes our display more cohesive and “on point” so people can more easily interpret what it is that they are looking at. After seeing candles and tshirts and soaps, it provides a hint to the brain that they are seeing “guy stuff”.

-- Brady, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 03:38 AM

Like I said, I’ve seen many an object just like your pole, and never realized I was being lured in. BUT thinking about it now, I’ve gotten into booth spaces I wouldn’t have generally, and those had a draw out front. Our subconscious minds do weird things, and we just….... DOH walking along here…... Ohhhh lookie there, squirrel…......

Of all those booths with a draw, I can’t remember a second time I even asked, or mentioned something about it. The one time I did, I had to wait to comment, It was a Cigar store Indian, and the detail was so good, you thought it was a guy standing there in buckskins, and wearing a headdress. Virtually everyone going by commented. Funny, thinking now I can remember the Indian, but couldn’t tell you what he was selling. Evidently Great draw, so so stuff.

Best of luck selling.

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