Sign for the front of the Lane

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Project by Moron posted 02-11-2008 05:12 PM 2008 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you know I am self employed contractor and live on a small 25 acre hobby farm which is located on an ever increasingly busy road.

I dont do the telephone advertising, I dont have a big store front, nor do I do advertising in magazines and newspapers etc.

So I decided to make a sign for the frontof the laneway at the road and in the spring I will mount it on a wall or suspend it from the ceiling/roof/truss of an outbuilding that the kids can wait for the bus in when it rains or snows. God knows the Mrs., wouldnt go for just the sign and roof but she will go for a building to keep her already spoiled children from getting cold <vbg>

I want to get a bit of free advertising from the traffic which passes here daily and is quite busy during the summer so I am making this. Its made from a laminated fir beam I got for cheap and had no real use for. Using Fir for the cottage built 20 years ago and standing up nicely to the elements so far I thought it would be a good choice of wood. The maple leaves are tupelo.

On each side at the top beam/frame I will put in two lights (hoping for LED’s but have yet to find a source) whch will look like a folky birdhouse, copper roof, extremely weathered and a touch of stained glass in the minature windows and doors….............thats another story.

Presently I plan to paint the whole thing. First with outdoor primer, sand, prime, sand, prime until smooth and covered and then do oil paints thinned with linseed oil. The maple leaves will be painted in fall colours, the clematis and hostas done in summer colours. “Fieldstone” embedded carving in black against the fieldstone bridge painted in hues of grey. Under the bridge will be fields done in greens with blue sky and the embedded word “meadows” aon the flag…...........not sure what colour but a red flag with white trim and blacl lettering is what I am thinking presently. “Fine Woodworking” will be done in white against a dark chocalate background.

Questions…............should I remove the raised Hosta leaves?

Is it too busy?

Comments and critisisms? are more then welcome?

I never took typing in school and spelling is not my forte!

And FYI…..........I hope to use this sign at the entrance or wall of a trade show I am in next month.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 06:02 PM

Lot’s of details! Very good looking sign.

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 06:13 PM

Nice looking sign, that ought to draw some looks. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 06:42 PM

Nice looking design Roman.
I see a name change in your future?
I like the effect that the hosta/maple leaves give the signage (3 D effect) but I would be concerned with both weathering and dirt accumulations.

It would depend alot on just how dusty your roadside is in summer.

p.s. your camera skills are improving!


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#4 posted 02-11-2008 06:49 PM

Nice job of carving!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 07:53 PM



yes, it concerns me too, not so much the dust as it is a paved road but the hurricane force winds we get and am concerned it might blow the leaves off

No name change as of yet but oe never kows, that is the name of the ranch I reside at…......lots of field stone, lots of meadows.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 08:03 PM

This certainly would get my attention if I were driving by. I like the carvings on the sign and would leave the leaves as they are. As a suggestion when you paint it, you might want to add some detail by coloring the maple leaves different from the hostas. I know it’s more work but the more detailed you make the sign the more dividends it will reap since it is representing your business.

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 08:36 PM

Very nice sign! If it were my creation, I think I would remove the leaf that’s obscuring the “F”. Easier for a motorist to read, imho.

For LED lights, you might try here:

I’ve bought some bulbs in the past from them, but no LED’s yet.

-- Robb

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 08:37 PM

I like it, and I like the depth. in regards to color, I like the painted effect…..perhaps you could leave the face of the fine woodworking natural, the effect of the grain would would really enhance the message. What would it look like if some of the leaves were also stained in diffent hues. this may help to emphasize the fine woodworking even more. I think the leaves could serve as a frame for the lettering. sometimes it is hard for me to tie a sign into it’s enviroment and one of the causes for this is the straight edges on the sign itself. I try to blur or blend this wherever possible. Whether this be curving them just alittle, or letting the carving wrap around the edges, just to break up the lines. Even a hewn look achieved with a gouge to break it up alittle makes a real difference. I know you are concerned about it becoming to busy, but what would it look like if you created a siliuette(spelling?, that hooked on phonics just doesn’t work!) of some tool or what have youbeneath finewoodworking along the bottom, maybe the leaves could extend just alittle beyond the corners on the bottom.
regardless, I really like your concept and the MOST inportant thing is to keep it personal and you have done that.
great work!

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 10:23 PM

Now that is impressive – I really envy you guys and gals that have the ability to carve.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 11:15 PM

Bob#2… got me thinking about dust

Scott…......I’m going to paint the maple leaves in fall colours, like reds, yellows and oranges as close as possible to the fall colours of the maple trees here…..........should like nice against the summer colours of the rest of the plants.

Robb…............sorry but the leaf obscuring the “F” shouldnt be there, it is the cardboard template for the wooden ones. Thank you for the link.

Harold….........great advice and smart minds must think alike. I had planned on gouging the background out and the frame aroud it is “real hand hewn timber”. Once the sign is painted and done I will attach the frame and place a few leaves on it to blend frame to sign. I have another completed sign at the front door of my shop that reads “Custom Woodworking” with an old hand plane carved in underneath …...couple of trolls hang over the top.

any painters out there?.................would use an oil based primer or a water based primer?....under oil paints

thank you for the kind words and would love to hear more opinions.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 06-20-2008 12:24 AM

I caught this over at Gardentenders and had to follow it back here. It is looking real good with the color added. Beautiful graphics. Is it on the road yet? Can we see a picture of it finished yet?

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#12 posted 06-20-2008 12:28 AM

Never mind I just found the update…just ignore me!

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 04:43 AM

You have a quiet corner on your place I can settle and build stuff till my own leaves wilt?

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