Wright Family Farm Sign

We were very excited about this sign. Our friends at the Wright Family Farm in Warwick, NY needed to replace an old sign on the main road in front of the farm. This farm has been around for over 100 years so we felt very privileged to be involved.

So we stepped in to help with the task by creating a new design that would incorporate everything they had to offer. Nanette jumped on the design and came up with a wonderful sign design that everyone was extremely happy with.  Now we have to make it….

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We had to come up with a way to get the background detail in while keeping the sign dimensional. It was very important to make it really stand out for people driving by. We decided to UV print the details of the back to dibond then mount dimensional letters to the face.

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Peter takes the 2D artwork and converts to 3D in Enroute Pro. Then we are ready to carve the rest of the sign in two parts. we then glue them together with the hangers installed.

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Off to the paint room where Holin will paint the sign with a  latex a enamel.

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A little bit of assembly and we’re ready to deliver.

Best of Luck with your new sign!

– Steve

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Adding a little character to a sign

When working on larger projects it’s the little details that really make the difference for both the client and for us! Our current project is no different. We are creating a “themed” environment for the Fox Island Creamery & Café in Hewitt, NJ.  We’ve  created a nice little storyline and have developed some characters which should make the experience fun for both the kids and parents.

This sign is for a little beaver character that we created and his boat company. The Chubby Beaver Boat Building Co.

We started with a rough sketch, now I knew we would need a boat, a beaver and the back of the sign. So we started there.

Peter worked directly in Enroute Pro to create the shape and used some fun font styles for the carvings. We carved the sign out of 15# Precision Board HDU on our MultiCam 3000 CNC. Once the CNC was done with it’s job Peter hand carved the edges for the “beaver got to it” texture.

 

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We sealed the foam with Aqua Resin, then primed and spray painted our base coat.

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Using latex paint we painted two coats of a darker glaze to get a nice aged look on the wood.086090

Now are sign back is complete and its time to move on to our beaver!

I’ll carve the basics out of 15# Precison Board so I used Mudbox 3D Software to create the body and facial structure of the beaver. Once carved I used Magic Sculpt for the details.

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Hmm, I think my little guy could use some glasses. I’ll use the 3D printer for this little detail. I printed  2 pairs different sizes, the larger ones look best.

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We most definitely need a boat for this sign. This is a perfect task for our 3D Printer as well. I found a basic 3D boat online – downloaded the file and sized it perfectly to fit our beaver. 4 hours later we had our 3D printed boat. I love technology!

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A few more details and paint and we are all done – Can’t wait to hang it!

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bfree Sign: A Dimensional Sign of Metal and Wood (or maybe not)

I am lucky enough to live in the great town of Warwick, NY – we have wonderful restaurants and shops and its a destination for many people on weekend getaways. There is a new trendy shop opening, bfree and we were lucky enough to be called to help with her “new” look.

The clients logo needed some tweaking and unfortunately wouldn’t work on the sign.  We started by taking the logo and reformatting it to match the “feel” of the store and to better represent what you would see inside.

Our graphic designer Nanette jumped in and began creating a new logo which would incorporate wood, brushed metal and copper.

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Client loved it – now its time to make this baby!

We began with 15# Precisionboard HDU at a 1.5″ thickness. This will allow us to get all the elements, except the bfree letters on one panel.  We carved the brushed texture and branch into the background and the wood texture of the frame using our MultiCam 3000 CNC.

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We are using Modern Masters metallic silver as the base coat for the brushed metal. we’ll then add several glaze coats of latex color over it. When the sun hits it during the day it will shine like real metal and at night the overhead goosenecks will really bring out the metal finish and texture.

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While Peter is painting the silver Holin is in the paint booth painting the letters. We’ve carved the copper “swirl”  texture directly into the PVC cut letters for additional texture. We’ll then mount the 1/4″ Copper PVC textured face to 1/2″ black PVC for dimension and to also add some contrast.

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The latex base coat of the wood frame goes down then two or three coats of darker glaze. We now have a nice contrast of colors against the copper and black letters.

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All painted – ready to go on the truck for the install.

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171Installed and lit and looks great! We wish bfree the best of luck with your new location.

-Steve