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Hand Carved Signs

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by neato, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. neato

    neato Very Active Member

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    These are some of the hand carved signs I've done. Nothing too fancy, just trying to hone my carving skills.
     

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  2. crystalcoastgraphics

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    Amazing. Love the work!
     
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  3. GB2

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    You really are carving out a nice little niche business for yourself Phillip....nice job! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself)
     
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  4. DerbyCitySignGuy

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    They look great!

    Are there a lot of hipsters in Henderson? I can imagine the cool kids eating those things up.
     
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  5. neato

    neato Very Active Member

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    Thanks!

    It's a town of 312 people :) Might be a hipster or 2 mixed in there.
     
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  6. neato

    neato Very Active Member

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    You must know I'm a sucker for a cheesy pun :)
     
  7. WildWestDesigns

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    For some inexplicable reason I'm just drawn to the first one. Just can't put my finger on it.
     
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  8. signman315

    signman315 Signmaker

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    If you're carving that lettering by hand then big ups to you!!! Nice work!!! I've seen guys carve worse looking lettering using a CNC, good job brother! But I do have to admit that I fear it's going to amount a very cool hobby, would be tough to regularly get the right price for a hand-carved piece like those and output them fast enough to make a buck. Great work, but probably the average consumer isn't educated enough to understand it's value. How long did a sign like "Owen" take from start to finish?
     
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  9. Billct2

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    Beautiful work Philip. I think you may find a good market for small panels like these
     
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  10. neato

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    I honestly don't remember how long I had into it.

    I will say that once you do a few of these, you can carve letters fairly fast. They have been profitable. :) But the biggest profit for me is being able to step away from the computer and create something with my hands. These are very satisfying to make.
     
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  11. Marlene

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    Very nice!
     
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  12. WildWestDesigns

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    On my end, it was about 2 and a half weeks I think from OK to start to when we got it here in our hands.

    But that's not straight start to finish on your end though.
     
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  13. signman315

    signman315 Signmaker

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    That's great, keep up the good work!
     
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  14. neato

    neato Very Active Member

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    Yeah, most of that time is letting paint cure :)
     
  15. unclebun

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    That is really neato!
     
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  16. DerbyCitySignGuy

    DerbyCitySignGuy Very Active Member

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    I know that feeling! I actually don't even mind doing cookie cutter signs that much anymore, since a major portion of my day is spent either talking on the phone or doing desk work.
     
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  17. jimbug72

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    Very nice work. I've been messing around with some hand carving myself. Here are some terrible quality pictures of my first "serious" project I made out of some random scraps of untreated 1x yellow pine lumber. There are some anatomy issues with it I'm not crazy about and I didn't realize it until gluing it up that I dyed the tail piece colors upside down... But I'm pretty happy with the end result, except the fact that I hate the finished piece because of the brain **** on the tail color. Think I'm going to try to do a couple of "straight" fish before attempting another "bent" fish..
     

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  18. neato

    neato Very Active Member

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    That looks great! You should be happy with how that turned out.
     
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  19. jimbug72

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    I couldn't agree more. There's something very satisfying about those curls of stock coming up off the chisel and watching the shape slowly come to life. Very cathartic for me.

    Thanks. That means a lot!

    I wasn't really planning on selling this because of the bum tail but I brought up to the shop this afternoon to show a co-worker. The owner sent a picture to his son-in-law and he offered me $300 for it... so it's sold... and now they want me to do more for their beach house.
     
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  20. DerbyCitySignGuy

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    Looks good to me! We're all our own worst critics (well, SOME of us) and I didn't even notice the colors on the tail until you pointed it out.

    I really like how you incorporated that knot into the design. Thumbs up.
     
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