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ALL OF OUR SIGNS & PLAQUES ARE MADE IN THE USA BY AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN

Product Line 3 - Carved Wood 3-D & 2.5-D  Signs & Plaques (Cedar, Redwood, Mahogany, and Maple)

Custom Carved Wooden Signs and Plaques

Examples of Custom Carved Wooden Signs and Plaques

Our outdoor and indoor wood signs & plaques can made from a variety of wood species (Cedar, Redwood, Mahogany, Oak, Maple, Cherry and vintage barnwood) and have many styles, from formal and elegant to rustic. We use many different Minwax stains, and can paint, engrave with our CNC router or laser, sandblast, gold-leaf and carve 3D artwork. All our wood signs are given two coats of UV resistant clear coats for long life and lasting beauty.

Welcome to  Product Line 3,  wood  indoor and outdoor signs and plaques.We have over 180 photos of examples of wood signs on this page, and we have over 2000 photos of wood signs and plaques distributed in other Application throughout this website  (e.g, farm signs, beach-house signs, military signs, etc.) on this site.

We make our wood signs  and plaques  for both outdoor and indoor use. We have styles that range from elegant hardwoods with distinctive grains and no knots (Mahogany, Maple, Black Walnut and American Cherry are best for this) to rustic (we recommend Cedar, Redwood and White Oak for this type of sign). Our wood signs can be stained (we use Minwax fine wood stains) and clear-coated with Matthews 2-part MAP. They can also be painted solid colors with MAP automotive-type 2-part sign paints. 

We have many different styles, wood types and species to choose from. . These premium carved, natural wood signs and plaques can be carved in 2 1/2 dimensions (2.5-D) or 3 dimensions (3-D) . They can also be sandblasted to accentuate the wood grain.

2.5-D signs differ from 3-D signs in that the artwork, borders and text have flat top surfaces, usually at three to five levels of relief or elevation.  3-D signs have rounded or curved top surfaces, like bas-relief sculptures. Sometimes we carve small 3-D appliques out of HDU  (e.g., trees & flowers, domestic animals, wildlife,  fish,  birds, etc) and paint and mount them on wood signs or plaques. We also engrave text, borders, and artwork directly into the wood. They can be  engraved by either V-carving (prismatic) or U-carving (flat bottom).

 

An alternative to the wood signs shown here are our Urethane (HDU) signs. Our HDU signs are much less expensive than wood signs, last longer and require less maintenance when the sign is mounted outdoors. For these reasons, if you want a painted sign or plaque, rather than a stained or clear-coated sign or plaque that shows wood grain patterns, we generally recommend HDU as the material of choice, instead of wood ; however some of our clients, such as the National Park Service, require wood for outdoor signs because of its greater resistance to impact damage. The disadvantage of outdoor painted wood signs, especially in severe climates,  is that they should be repainted or clear-coated every 2 or 3 years (more often if they are exposed to frequent water and full sun),  unlike HDU signs, which may only need to be repainted every 10 years .

 We use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to create our wood signs. We provide a warranty of 2 years, and we expect our  wood signs and plaques to last for over a decade with proper maintenance.  We use prime, kiln-dried, knot-free, vertical grain all-heart Redwood, Cedar, and Mahogany 

 PRICES. Our custom designed smaller 3-D signs, 18 inches to 24 inches wide, have retail prices that range $99 to $350. Medium size single-face signs, from 24 inches to 48 inches wide, have retail prices from $300 to $900 and up. Large signs, from 48 inches to 96 inches, have retail prices from $800 to $2000 and up. Our sign prices depend primarily on sign area, whether they are single or double-faced, their design detail and complexity (e.g., depth of carving, complexity and fine detail, number of paint colors and amount of hand-painting, and any special features (e.g., steel reinforcements and frames, overlays, gold leaf, etc.). These prices do not include posts or support structures, which we sell separately. More detailed information on sign retail prices, along with their design features, are described on the Prices page.