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Project by Harold posted 2392 days ago 1313 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another house sign completed for a home here locally. Carved signage really is a unique accent for a home or business and out side of the north east it really doesn’t enjoy the exposure I think it could. It is an incredible way to get to know a client, as well as the best advertisement anyone could ask for.

This sign is made from Ohia, which is a very hard wood indigenious to Hawaii. I wanted to float the sign above the boulder which serves as the base. I scoured the slash pile at a local mill for a crooked log that would allow me to hang the sign up over the rock and after an hour and much cursing I was able to drag the piece to the edge of the pile.( Note to self: Don’t take wife slash pile diving again) I painted the lettering area before I carved so that I would have clean crisp edges on the natural wood lettering.

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#1 posted 2392 days ago

Great looking sign. A nice job. Whats that sucker weigh.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2392 days ago

In hindsight, it’s too heavy! But I was thinking that it would be more dramatic if it was a heavy timber floating. I roto-hammered two-2’x1” bars horizontally into the rock to support the base and then four angle brackets to stabilize it.

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#3 posted 2392 days ago

That’s Cool! Just about how long is it?

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#4 posted 2392 days ago

Thanks Dennis, The rancho sign is 53” long

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#5 posted 2392 days ago

Nice sign, Harold! How do you finish something like this to protect it from the elements over the years?

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#6 posted 2392 days ago

That is an impressive sign. It looks well anchored and should serve the client well.

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

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#7 posted 2392 days ago

Beautiful. Looks really massive.

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#8 posted 2392 days ago

This is really an innovative idea. I think that the carvings add a lot of detail and interest to the sign. It certainly would grab my attention if I were driving by.

Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 2392 days ago

Makes me want one for my property.

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#10 posted 2392 days ago

Wonderful job on the sign. Suspending it over the boulder with the curved log was an excellent touch.

Only downside: I give the owners a C- on the cheesy name for their place. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 2392 days ago

That is really excellent, Harold. I really like the way you have designed the whole thing. Now, about Gecko ranching; do you sell them by the head or by the pound?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 2392 days ago

That’s a good one Tom, but I think they just like Gecko’s.

The owners came up the name , which I kinda liked. It is personal, which is where we as craftsman find oppurtunity. They live in the Hawaiian Ranchos subdivision here in Hawaii, and when the owner was younger he wrote a book on geckos, so it really is a fitting name.

The finish is a spar varnish and it will need another coat every year or so form now on.

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#13 posted 2391 days ago

Great job, are those squirrel or some island lizard? Either way I love me :)

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#14 posted 2211 days ago

I like the sign, I like the name, and I really like Hawaii!

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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