does anyone on these boards do sign carving?Posted by Pierre on May 25, 2002 at 1:29 am
Hi, guys/gals. This board is a very cool find for me. I was looking for another home and glad I was steered here. I didn’t see a forum for carvers. Anyone here carve commercial signs or murals??
MemberMay 25, 2002 at 2:30 pm
Thanks, Gray! This board is very refreshing. Diverse interesting folks here. I’ll probably be hanging out here from now on. I think my daughter is joining today.
MemberMay 25, 2002 at 5:04 pm
I have given "how to" seminars before, and I’m sure I can give you folks a few new ways to boost your incomes.
You can visit my website to see a bit of my work.
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 1:18 pm
excellent, excellent stuff Pierre
i had a quick look and was very impresed. ide love to show some of your work in the gallery.
i tried my hand at carving a few years back. went out a bought a small chissel set and away i went. not knowing anything about it nor looking into what you do and dont do when carving.
would you beleave i used a fence post about 10" thick. started to hack into it and what have you. in the end it looked great! it took me on & off about 8-9 weeks. it only stood about 16" high. oh i forgot to mention it was a boy sitting on a dead tree. i was very pleased with it 😀
i moved house and i left it behind by accident. not one of my best moves… 😮
i then dabled in clay making a bust of an oldman… again i was very pleased. ill try looking it out i have it some place in my loft. 🙂
the problem i found was i could not find anyone willing to pay for work like this when combining it with signage. it also took up a hell of a lot of my time… but have to say there was great job satisfaction in it.
i moved onto stained glass. this i do to this day. somtimes using it in signs but mostly personalising office doors with company logos done in the stained glass. it doesnt take long to do it and looks terrific when finished..
hope to see more of you on the boards Pierre
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 4:19 pm
Actually, on the page with a lot of carving cameos there are a large number of them that went extremely fast and paid somewhere around $185 an hour to accomplish. Unless there’s true dimensional artwork (illustrating type) involved, it’s MUCH easier than you think.
I’ll plan a quick seminar on "how-to" even if you’re not remotely a carver.
I’ll email you a few of the more interesting ones for your gallery. That cool?
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 5:29 pm
i look forward to seeing them.
i am interested in this line of work. ive been doing some very simple 3 dimensional work using sign foam 2. do you use this or is it all wood?
many thanks for any replies
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 5:37 pm
Robert, I used wood for years, but now I use Precision Board. The 18 and 22 pound are as dense as wood is anyway, but it carves much better. No grain inconsistencies.
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 5:56 pm
Good to hear Pierre
I thought you might come back with some technical jargon about how it wasn’t up to much… phew. 😳
18-20? ill make sure its the same precision board im using.
I have also routed letters in this stuff then mount it onto Perspex to create an outline. I did my first one about 2 years ago or so. I went back to do another sign just next to it for another customer. So I went up and had a look. This stuff had not chipped the paint, flaked you name it. It was perfect. I was well pleased. 😀
I see in sign craft there is now sign foam 3 have you tried this? If so, what is the difference? Is it denser?
MemberMay 26, 2002 at 6:24 pm
The only paints we use now on our carvings are all water based paints. We overcoat with a one-part clear from POR15 called Pelucid. I don’t know if it’s available in GB, but you can go on their website at http://www.por15.com and contact a rep.
Colors stay clear, bright and maintenance free for years. At least they have for the 7 or so years we’ve been using it.
I haven’t tried the new SF3, but I would suppose that SF and PB both will work well for you.
MemberMarch 17, 2006 at 2:40 am
Sorry to chime in a little late…
I do carving and murals I’m not in the sign business but I’d like to be. How do you find clients? When I got a website I thought that my phone would just start ringing LOL! Anyway here’s some links to some of my sculpture projects for anyone interested:
MemberMarch 17, 2006 at 4:41 pm
that’s a fantastic portfolio of work.quote :
I can’t understand why your designs look fantastic and a good site too. Congratulations.
MemberMarch 22, 2006 at 3:01 am
Shame – I can’t see Pierre’s website link! 🙁
Zoe – you are quite talented! What amazing work you do!
I’m lucky if I can carve a watermellon in half.
Have you ever seen Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation website?
MemberMarch 22, 2006 at 9:50 am
Wow you do some great work Pierre …. I have just had a browse through your site and your signs are fab!! People and their duck colours huh … mallards 😉
MemberMarch 22, 2006 at 1:12 pm
Hey – thanks Carrie.
I think I may have actually called you before Pierre 🙂 — about the pelucid.
What beautiful work you produce!