This is my first attempt at carving a sign. I’ve wanted to try it for quite a while.
Our retreat center needed a sign by the road so this sign already has a home all picked out.
Dimensions: 36” x 12” x 2”, basswood
I know basswood isn’t the best exterior wood but seeing as it will be painted, I figured it should last many years as long as I give it proper care and maintenance.
I created the pattern on my computer. Each letter stands 3” tall. The font used is Engravers.
I applied the pattern to the wood using my Pattern Transfer Tool.
I’m using my standard chip carving knife for the carving. The letters are too big and the chips too wide and deep to remove them in one pass, so first I carved out the center of each large chip.
I’m carving on the floor where I can get my upper body over the top of my knife to get as much force as possible. This was not easy carving. Some parts of the basswood were harder than others which made it even more challenging. But by the end of the second football game, I had the sign carved. I was satisfied seeing as it was pretty tough carving.
In a sign carving book I read, the author recommended three coats of primer. I used an oil base primer. A large brush applied most of the primer and a small brush did the work in the letters to make sure there wasn’t any puddling.
Next step: apply 4-5 top coats of paint. With each coat taking 24 hours to dry, this will take awhile.
-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996