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added paint and more to come

oil paints…..............heavenly, wishing I would have tried them years ago

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

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 03:23 PM

Stunning Roman.
You may have just discovered your true calling.
Explain more about your “oil” based paints.
Do I see a big honkin compressor and a sand blaster in your future?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 03:25 PM

That looks great Roman !! , i saw it before and it really stands out nicely now.
Are you going to seal it with something?

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 03:29 PM

Looks great! I’m really looking forward to the finished piece :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 04:17 PM

Thanks….............I’m starting to like it too. I started this last September by gluing up that fir slab which bent…..looks like an acordian from the side. tried cooking one side, watering one side and gave up trying to make it flat…......thus the frame and in the end, albeit unintentional the “wave” gives it more character.It takes up a wee bit of room so it often gets put to the side because there is no $$$$$$ in it…...yet.

John and Bob#2

I did a bit of research before I started by talking with sign painters and artists. In the end it boiled down to oil paint, artists oil paints thinned with linseed oil. Acrylics, stains, paint and even sign paint (one shot) fades and or lets moisture through it. I have a fair bit of experience in stains and glazes, pre cat and post cat lacquers and have used acrylic paints extensively so this is my first try with oil piants and I just love it.

oils stay wet which is nice, you can put the paint brushes down for a half a day or even a day and pick up where you left off, easy to feather, easy to blend and easy to clean up. ...........and best of all they are water proof, dont fade, dont peel, .................just what the doctor ordered. Acrylics dry to fast, I found them much harder to blend…...........oil paints…...just the cats meow

I put oil based primer around the perimiter (end grain) and will seal that with a water proof urathane(just the edges.
I found that I can thread copper wire through the leaves and then drill the wire through to the back and tie it off. This way the wind cant take them away. like I said before, this is going at the front of the laneway and will have a timber frame roof over it.

I think I will make two folksy birdhouse lights and mount them on the top of the timber frame to light it up. Also I’m thinking to make a planter box mounted about one foot under the sign so that when season permits I can plant real flowers that will hang down and just barely crowd the bottom of the sign. Perhaps a clematis to grow up one side. I planted hard maples down both sides of the driveway 3 years ago….......very slow growing tree but they are Norway maples so they grow considerably faster then the american sugar maple. Over the next ten years one of those maple trees will provide shade for this project.

Oil paint doesnt need to be sealed, just the odd coat of linseed oil to freshen it up

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

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 04:22 PM

This sign has “Pro Carver” written all over it! If I was shopping for a woodworker, this would definately attract me. Nice one Roman!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 04:23 PM

Looks great!

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

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 04:44 PM

What an awesome carving! Great job.

-- --Chuck

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 04:49 PM

Very impressive! It remides me of the time I did my first sign. The one you see at the top of my web site. I had it 80% carved out and my step son had to puint out I had woodworing mis spelled.

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 04:55 PM

I was comissioned to carve out an oak scroll for a local high school in oak. It is used to put the names of the students who make the “HONOUR ROLL” and “Honour Roll” was carved into the top.

2 years later I got a phone call, seems I spelt “Honour”........the American way which is ?

had to do it again

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

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 05:48 PM

I do miss the leaves in the top right corner

ooooooooh nooooooooooooo re: the Honour Roll… all that work. How horrible.
We Canadians do love our “U” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 06:24 PM

Excellent job! I know that if I were to do something like that I would have screwed up the letters somewhere along the line.

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

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 06:53 PM

It is hard to rationalize the $ cost as well as the time spent on something like this. As a craftsman we often struggle attracting the clients who appreciate the “type or style” of work which we enjoy doing. Everybody has an idea as to what they would like, but until they see an example they are unable to visualize it. I think a sign, a simple sign can set the tone, before a word is spoken they will know the foundation that you work from. I’m excited to see it installed!

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 07:45 PM

Looks great Roman. It should really make the front of the house standout as a true artist is in residence.

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

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 07:53 PM

This is really cool. It’ll look great finished.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 08:01 PM


This is certainly an attention grabbing sign. Its artistry speaks volumes about your work.

Great job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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