Hand Carved Sign

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Project by Aaron Sparrow posted 12-26-2013 03:30 AM 1418 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first commissioned sign.

It is carved from pine, then stained or painted and coated with 4 coats of exterior clear finish.

My wife really likes the trees and now is hinting she would like one of these signs.

-- Aaron, Whitby, Ontario,

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 05:11 AM

Nice work! How did you carve the letters? By hand? Knife? Chisel?
Was the tree carved then glued on?

Bet you end up making another one for the boss!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 01:17 PM


Thanks. Yes, the letters were all carved by hand. I start by either using a straight chisel or a knife down the centre of the letters to make stop cuts and then I use a shallow gouge to carve out 90% of the letters. Sometimes I will use a v chisel to remove wood down the centre of the letters which also serves as making a stop cut.

I like using the shallow gouge and leaving some tool marks. This shows it was hand carved and gives the gold paint a place to glitter.

By the way, here is a link to my blog:

-- Aaron, Whitby, Ontario,

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 01:59 PM


I forgot to say that I glued and screwed the trees to the sign. I was thinking later that I should only screw them on and then I could change them for the different seasons, carve tulips for spring, trees with snow for winter or maybe Christmas trees and so on.

-- Aaron, Whitby, Ontario,

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 02:41 PM

Another nice sign, Aaron.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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