Conservancy Sign

1024 768 Thuja Wood Art - Reclaimed Cedar Furniture Wood Art Vancouver Victoria Gulf Islands British Columbia

The Pender Island Conservancy asked me to make them a business sign for their new storefront and educational space recently opened at Hope Bay, here on Pender Island.   They also had a new logo design with the Kingfisher which I really liked and we were able to put this on the sign as well.

The sign is made from old growth red cedar driftwood I salvaged.  For the body of the sign I used a lighter coloured cedar and the for the frame I used a darker grey cedar (most likely the colouring is from metal leaching into the wood).   I then sanded the cedar smooth in prep for carving the logo and lettering.  To get the image I want onto the wood I use an old art projector.  I can finalize my design and the lettering on the computer and save it as a 4″ square image to print and use in the projector (this is the biggest image I can use!).  I do the projection at night when it is dark in my shop and I copy the image onto the wood with pencil.  Then I clean up any pencil lines needed in the light and start carving!  I use a Foredom Professional Carving tool which has a motor with flexible shaft and a handpiece that can handle many different burrs and carving bits.  Once my design is carved I paint it with Oneshot sign paint.  Then I finish the sign with 2 coats of OSMO exterior UV protection oil finish which brings out the natural colours and helps protect the sign from the outdoor environment.


Colin Hamilton

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