Storm’s End Address Sign

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If you were visiting Pender Island and eventually found your way to Storm Cresent you would find a short dead end road with a few water front houses at the end.  One of them is called ‘Storms End’, a witty pun on both the name of the road and the exposure to winters wrath.  I had the opportunity to make an address sign for this family recently.  When they approached me about the project they wanted it to include a celtic feel and image which ties to their heritage.  We used a celtic font for the lettering and adapted a wonderful celtic tree design.

The sign is made from all reclaimed red cedar driftwood I salvaged locally.  I split the wood by hand to create the tapered and curved pieces used in the body of the sign.  For this project I also sanded the whole thing smooth.  The wood joinery is all traditional mortise and tenon glued and pegged.  This sign is fairly small, standing about 3′ tall by 3′ at its widest.  I carved the lettering and tree with a professional foredom carving tool and chisels, then painted it with OneShot sign paint.  The wood work is finished with 2 coats of OSMO exterior clear UV

protected oil finish.  To install the sign I drilled half inch holes up into the bottoms of the posts and hammered a long piece of rebar into the hole leaving 16″ sticking out the bottom.  I drilled holes in two flatish rocks, inserted the rebar, and hammered it down into the ground to stabilize the sign.  This technique works great for installing signs that don’t need to be permanently attached with saddles and concrete (and is faster and cheaper as well).

The clients already had a small light wired to a spot at the end of their driveway so we mounted the sign where the light would hit it just right, nestled among the cedar trees.


Colin Hamilton

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