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Wall Plaques and Signs for the Military and Federal, State and Local Government Organizations

Art SignWorks Makes & Sells Factory-Direct High-Quality Custom 3-D & 2.5-D Dimensional Carved Wood, High-Density-Urethane (HDU), HDPE, Acrylic, and Metal Signs & Plaques; Wrought Iron Hangers, Frames & Posts; and Base Entrance and Building Signs for Government Agencies and the Military, and their contractors, throughout the USA and overseas.


Custom Carved 3-D and 2.5-D Wall Plaques of  Federal, State, City and Military Seals, Emblems, Crests, Insignia, Badges and Logos

A Few Examples of our Custom Carved 3-D and 2.5-D Wall Plaques of Federal, State, City and Military Seals, Emblems, Crests, Insignia, Badges and Logos.

This page provides a summary and examples of our standard, personalized, and custom 3-D, 2.5-D, and engraved wall plaques & signs that we manufacture for the military; federal, state and county, city and village  governments and their departments, agencies, legislatures and courts; police & fire departments; and their employees, contractors, companies, veteran's homes, etc. More details, close-up photos, and thousands more of these plaques and signs are shown in Galleries 30, 31, 32, 33, 16, 16A, and 15A, which you can visit by clicking on the numbered gray boxes in the lower left margin.

We also  have another major website featuring our wall & podium plaques , at the Wood & Metal Plaque Company (click to visit).  These has photos of several hundred more plaques displayed than this website does, including recent ones, and is more easily navigated. If you are looking specifically for a wall or podium plaque, we recommend you go that website instead of this one.  On that extensive and well-organized website, you will find a very broad selection of designs, a thorough description of various artist-painted, metal-plated and natural wood styles,  and a specific price list that enables price comparison between various styles of plaques. However, there are no signs shown on the Wood & Metal Plaque Company website, only wall and podium plaques and seals, so if you are looking for signs, you are currently on the right website.

If you have just entered our website and you want an overview of our company and all our products, including signs for private commercial and residential customers, please start with our Home page (dark gray tab upper left). The short video below gives an overview of the types of plaques we make plaques and the creative process we use to make our beautiful and authentic plaques. We take pride in the craftsmanship of each and every plaque we make. 


Government Customers, including Government Contractors

Can't find anyone to make your personalized or custom dimensional wood, HDU, or metal (bronze, brass, copper, aluminum, steel) plaque or sign the way you want it made for a reasonable price? Do you need some design ideas? Do you want the highest quality "old world" craftmanship and hand painting, using the very best materials? Do you want your plaques made in the USA by American craftsmen, rather than in the Phillipines or China? We will work with you to design and build the custom or personalized plaque or sign you want at an economical price and deliver it to you within 4 to 5 weeks. We offer a rare combination of creativity, quality and value, have a great variety of both standard and custom plaque & sign designs of any size, and take pride in every product we build.

We make all our plaques in our factory in the USA (Murrieta, in Southern California) with raw materials from the USA. We offer a 2 yr warranty for every sign or plaque in any climate. We are a small woman-owned business, are listed in the Government Setaside Directory, and offer products with prices comparable to those on GSA Schedule 78. We have  partners on the GSA schedule if you are required to purchase through GSA. For federal contracts, we are listed in SAM (System for Award Management), have a DUNS number, are registered on ORCA, have a CAGE Number, and can use the Wide-Area Workflow (WAWF) or other government agency electronic  systems for invoicing and payment. We have approximately 300 contracts or purchase orders each year from Federal and State government agencies, courts,  and the military services. We ship overseas and to APO addresses. You can use a credit card, a PO with 30 day net payment, or a contract agreement to purchase our signs and plaques. We take orders from 1 to over 1,000 signs or plaques.

Military and Federal, State, Cunty and City  Plaques and Signs

Examples of Custom Dimensional Wall Plaques and Signs

Above are a some examples of custom carved wood and High-Density-Urethane (HDU) wall plaques and signs for the military and federal, state, county and city governments . Over 1200 designs are shown in Photo Galleries 30 through 35 (click on a numbered gray box in the lower left hand margin). We can make custom wall plaques of any size, shape, artwork, and color scheme. We make these out of Mahogany, Cedar, Redwood, HDU, and brass, bronze, copper and aluminum coated HDU.

Carved 3-D wall plaques

Carved 3-D wall plaques

Carved 3-D wall plaques decorate the walls of many Federal Government offices. Two of our plaques are in the White House, several more are in the Capitol, and over 40 plaques are in Federal Courts..

We offer several product lines of 3-D sculptured bas-relief.  2.5-D (raised or engraved flat-relief), and 2-D carved wood, HDU, and metal Military (DoD, USN, USMC,USAF, USA, and USCG) , US Federal, State , County, City, Village governments (including police & fire departments) wall plaques and signs. We specialize in making custom and personalized dimensional wood and HDU organizational identity, commemorative, recognition, award, retirement and memorial wall plaques and seals for organizations and employees. We make signs and plaques from 10 inches to 10 feet wide. We can make a wall plaque or sign incorporating the design of any seal, crest, logo, emblem, badge, medal, shoulder patch, coat-of-arms, drawing, painting, or photo. If you can describe it or give us a photo, picture, or drawing, we can make your custom sign or plaque.

We also  have another major website of a sister company featuring our wall & podium plaques ,  the Wood & Metal Plaque Company (click to visit).  If you are looking for a wall or podium plaque, you will find a larger selection of designs and a more thorough description of various plaque styles on the Wood & Plaque Company website than on this website.  It also has  a specific price list for all the various design options.


Our  plaques have wide variations in prices, depending on size and style.  Our lowest price plaques feature digitally-printed full-color giclee vinyl appliques mounted on a  round  or rectangular a solid wood (Mahogany, Cedar or Redwood) or acrylic base. The prices for this type of small two-dimensional (2-D) flat custom plaque are as low as $80 (acrylic base) to $110 (Mahogany,  Cedar or Redwood solid wood base). These low prices  assume we have made a previous plaque of the same artwork design  ( featured on one of our Galleries), or for new artwork, that we are provided a print-ready JPEG photo or colored drawing of the artwork for the plaque. These are  styles 1.4.1 (Price Code EA, wood base) and 1.4.3 (Price Code EB, acrylic base)  on our Price page of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company  website, with  examples shown on our 2-D Giclee Plaque web page.

Our carved 2.5-D multi-level or engraved  artist-painted plaques have prices approximately twice that of the 2-D flat plaques with giclee printed art, and our more expensive carved 3-D bas-relief artist-painted plaques have prices three to four  times as much. These prices  depend on the size, material, carving complexity, number of colors, and whether the plaque is gilded with 24K gold or silver leaf. Prices for  custom carved  18  inch diameter 2.5-D artist-painted HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $240 to $370. Prices increase with size.  The Price page of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company  gives prices for carved 2.5-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors. 

Our premium  plaques are carved in 3-D bas-relief,  using  wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are museum quality plaques, and are often ordered by federal, state & local government agencies and courts, but also by fraternities and some clubs (coat-of-arms). These  beautiful custom 3-D carved artist-painted or metal-plated plaques have the highest prices. Prices for 18  inch diameter 3-D artist-painted or metal-plated  HDU or stained wood custom plaques vary from $380 to $560. Prices increase with plaque size.  The Price page of The Wood & Metal Plaque Company  gives prices for carved 3-D plaques of various sizes, materials, styles, and number of colors.  These high-quality plaques may require  from 6  to  24  hours of machine carving time,  and then 4 to 6 hours of artisan work  to hand-sand and artist-brush paint them.

We do not  mass-produce our  2.5-D or 3-D plaques using molds; even our most popular "standard" plaques such as the US Great Seal are hand-crafted. Wood plaques have higher prices than High-Density-Urethane (HDU) plaques, and multi-color plaques have higher prices than 1 or 2 color plaques. Metal-plated plaques are more expensive than painted plaques, and 24K gold and silver-leaf gilded plaques have the highest prices of all our plaques, because of the cost of materials and time required by our artisans to precisely hand-gild complex shapes. 

If you have a photo or drawing of your seal, badge, insignia, crest, or coat-of-arms,  we can make a custom 2-D, 2.5-D, or 3-D plaque for you. Our talented graphic artists create  2.5-D or 3-D geometric software models using advanced graphic design programs, which we then use to control the extremely precise 3-D computer-controlled carving machines  which carve the plaques to approximate shapes. Craftsmen then hand-sand and hand-carved the plaques to their final shapes. 

About 70% of our plaques are carved in 2.5-D multi-level flat or engraved relief,  using  wood (usually Mahogany, Cedar, or Redwood), or High-Density-Urethane (HDU) as the substrate. These are very popular and look great. Many times the artwork provided to us for custom plaques does not benefit from 3-D rendering, and we recommend a 2.5-D relief carving which looks as good and is about half the price. Our 2.5-D relief plaques carve faster and are much faster to paint than 3-D bas-relief plaques, so they have lower prices. Most of our military, university and corporate plaques are carved in 2.5-D relief. 

On this website we show photos of over 1500 photos of  examples of 2-D, 2.5-D. and 3-D custom carved wall and podium plaques that we have made. These are shown in Galleries 30, 31,32,33, 34, 35, 22 and Page 2 of Gallery 10, or go to The Wood & Metal Plaque Company website  to see a more comprehensive listing These feature seals, insignia, emblems, crests, badges, logos, coat-of-arms, command boards, name plates and photo and quote plaques  for government, military, companies, universities, clubs, churches,  non-profit organizations, and homes & families.  We can make a custom or personalized plaque in the size you want with any artwork or text.

Our Government wall plaque Galleries are listed below; please click on the underlined title OR the Gallery number in the numbered gray box on the lower left margin to go to that Gallery page.


Gallery 30 - Federal Government Plaques . We show over 200 US Federal Government seals, and branch (executive, legislative, judicial), department and civilian agency plaques (includes Homeland Security and CIA) in Gallery 30. Additional Federal government plaques, and  their specific prices, are shown on our Federal Seal (click to visit) photo gallery page on our associated website for the  Wood & Metal Plaque Company  .

 Gallery 31 - Military Crest and Seal Plaques and Signs. We show over 600 US Military (DoD and its agencies, Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) plaques on the  3 pages of Gallery 31.  Additional Military seal, crest,  insignia and command board plaques, and  their specific prices, are shown on the seven (7) Military plaques photo gallery pages on our associated website for the Wood & Metal Plaque Company. These photo gallery pages are the DoD & Agencies, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Army , the Coast Guard, and Foreign Military (click on any of these links to visit that photo gallery page on the Wood & Metal Plaque website). 

Gallery 32 - State Government Seal Plaques. We show over 200 State Government and Agency, Legislature, and court plaques in Gallery 32. Additional State Government Plaques, and  their specific prices,  are shown on our photo gallery page State Seals (click to visit) on our associated website , the Wood & Metal Plaque website. 

Gallery 33 - County and City Government Plaques. We show over 150 examples of County and City Government plaques, including mayor, city council, agencies, and municipal courts in photo Gallery 33.  Additional county, city, town & village  seal plaques, and  their specific prices, are shown on our two (2) government  plaque photo gallery pages on our associated website, the Wood & Metal Plaque Company. These pages are County Seals and City/Town/Village Seals and Logos (click on one of these links to visit that page on the Wood & Metal Plaque website). 

Gallery 33, page 2 - Police, Sheriff, and Fire Dept.Plaques . We show over 100 examples of wall plaques featuring badges, shoulder patches, logos and insignia for law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders in Gallery 33, page 2.  Additional police and sheriff  badge, shoulder patch and seal  plaques, and  their specific prices, are shown on our Police & Sheriff plaques (click to visit) photo gallery page on our associated website, the Wood & Metal Plaque Company. Additional fire department  and emergency services badge, shoulder patch and seal  plaques, and  their specific prices, are shown on our Fire Department & Emergency Services plaques  (click to visit) photo gallery page on our associated website, the Wood & Metal Plaque Company

Gallery 10, page 2 - Federal, State, County & Municipal Court Plaques . We show over over 100 examples of wall plaques featuring Seals  in Gallery 10, page 2.   Additional  Federal, State and County/Municipal court plaques, and  their specific prices,  are shown on our three  photo gallery pages for court plaques,  Federal Courts, State Courts, and County/Municipal Courts (click to visit),  on our associated website The Wood & Metal Plaque Company .

These custom plaques are very reasonably priced, depending primarily on size but also on material and complexity . We offer Government agencies or their contractors our very best price for these wall plaques and signs, equivalent to our wholesale commercial prices to other sign companies. We also make dimensional wood, HDU , aluminum, acrylic, and EPS outdoor signs for Government facility entrances, directories, maps, building identification, wayfinding, street names, traffic, and parking, Our interior building signs and plaques include dimensional lobby signs, directories, directional, office door signs, ADA signs, and desk nameplates. You can click on a numbered gray box in the lower left margin to see different sign applications, many of which are relevant for Government applications (e.g., national park & forest signs, military golf course signs, park signs, street/traffic/parking signs, commissary & retail store signs, professional signs, etc), or use the Google Search Bar at the top of his page. Three Galleries in particular are oriented towards larger Government wood and HDU dimensional outdoor and indoor signs. Please click on the underlined title OR on the Gallery number in the numbered gray box in the left margin to go to that Gallery page


Gallery 16 -National, State, and Regional Parks Over 100 examples of US Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State and Regional Park signs & plaques

Gallery 15 - Government Building & Facility Signs. Over 100 examples of Federal, State & Local Government Welcome and Building Signs, and Museum Signs

Gallery 15A - Public University and School Signs. Over 100 examples of University, College, Secondary School, Middle School and Elementary School Signs

For more information on prices go to Price, Size, and Design Features page or Request a Estimate. Normally you will receive your plaque 4 to 6 weeks after you place a firm order and have approved a proof.

Please call us at 951-698-8484 or EMAIL us at for additional information without any obligation. We welcome casual inquiries and will give you a fast "no hassle" response. We are the "friendly signmakers" and take pride in providing information and helping our Government customers and their contractors to solve their signage needs at reasonable costs.O

OUR SIGNS & PLAQUES HAVE A LONG LIFE AND MINIMAL MAINTENANCE.  We use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to create signs which have a very long life (20+ years for HDU Signs) and require very little maintenance. We provide a warranty of 2 years, and we expect our HDU and indoor wood signs to last for several decades.

 We carve our HDU signs and plaques out of premium ultra High-Density-Urethane (HDU) Precision Board Plus sheets  made by Coastal Enterprises, in Orange, CA. We use 20 lb/ft3 HDU for all our signs & plaques, which is 30% denser and stronger than the 15 lb/ft3 HDU used by other sign manufacturing companies. Our signs carve cleaner, last longer, and are less susceptible to impact damage than HDU signs made by other companies.

We use prime, kiln-dried, knot-free, vertical grain all-heart Redwood, Cedar, and Mahogany that are supplied by Forest Plywood and Wood Products.

We use exclusively Ultra Low VOC  Matthews automotive-type 2-part polyurethane acrylic paint and clear-coats ,  which  are UV and graffitti resistance, so there is very little fading when the sign is exposed to direct sunlight, and graffiti can usually be cleaned off with acetone. Matthews paints cost $200/gallon, compared to house paints which cost $30/gallon that most other sign companies use. Matthews MAP will last  20 years or more before repainting.We use 1-Shot Low  VOC Oil-Based High Gloss Lettering Enamels for text and artwork. 1Shot is simply the best (and most expensive) lettering enamel in the world. It costs $250/gallon.

OUR SIGNS & PLAQUES ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.  We are a "green" company. Our domestic and imported wood signs are "Green". We only use wood from renewable forests that use environmentally sound practices. For every wood sign we sell, we donate  money to  Arbor Day Foundation to plant two to five  trees, depending on the size of the sign, to support important tree planting efforts around the globe. .

Our  Precision Board Plus HDU is made out of special eco-friendly components, including state-of-the-art ‘green urethane’ formulations.The new Plus formulation has achieved a certified “Carbon Balance” of 3 to 1 and a “Rapidly Renewable resource Content” of 23.9%.

We use environmentally friendly stains, primers, topcoats and clear-coats. The Minwax stains we use are Low VOC. Matthews Ultra Low VOC polyurethane acrylic paints and clear-coats limit VOC to less than 50 g/L while providing greater durability, gloss retention and hiding than standard acrylic polyurethane paints provide.We also use a Low VOC version of 1-Shot sign enamel for painting text, borders and artwork. 

All our manufacturing and painting processes are Green, with minimal air pollution, because we  our dust collectors, paint spray booths, and fully-enclosed and recyclable sandblast booths cause very low air pollution and carbon emissions.