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Artful Signs est. 2016.

Custom Wood Signs

Artful Signs are personalized wood signs that add an artful touch to your home, cottage or business and communicates a special message to the viewer.

 

All our signs are designed with frame style, art work, colors and text to meet your requirements.

 

Whether you are looking for cottage/house signs, house address, commercial signs or engraved wood plaques together we will create an artful work you are sure to enjoy and be proud to display for a long time.

Covid-19 : We are a home based business so we can continue our work while still remaining isolated.

Your sign may take a little longer because we are making fewer trips to the Post Office and Canada post can be a little slower at this time with deliveries.

 

 

Cedar has a beautiful and varied grain. Our Select Cedar is high quality and mostly knot free. It has a high natural resistance to decay. It is an excellent choice for an outdoor sign.

Fir has a similar golden colour to cedar with a vary consistent grain. Our Select Fir is high quality and mostly knot free. Fir is heavier. stronger, more consistent then Cedar and more economical. It is an excellent choice for an outdoor sign and carves very well.

Pine is a very light yellow. It has a beautiful and varied grain. Our Select Pine is high quality and mostly knot free but knots are more frequent then either Fir or Cedar. Pine is heavier then Cedar but not as heavy as Fir and costs less then Fir. Pine and Fir signs are usually thicker then Cedar. 

 

All wood requires protection from the elements. Cedar will fair better the other woods if unprotected but if any wood is protected and that protection is maintained it will last as well as any.

All items are created using high quality outdoor waterproof glue, paint and sealed with 3 coats of marine grade polyurethane with UV protection. This ensure the maximum life of the work indoors or out.

 FAQ

How to Maintain Your Sign.

How to hang your sign.

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Unlike signs with text and graphics mounted on backer boards. With these engraved signs, years from now, you can give the surface a light sanding with a palm sander and give the sign a few more coats of polyurethane. All without disturbing the painted text or art work. Your sign will last a life time or more. Every sign greater than 8" high have vertical spines on the back to provide structural strength.

 

Here is our process:

  1. Check out the signs on this page and the Gallery to see real customer signs and get ideas. Be sure to check out our Customer Comments.

  2. Questions? Please check our FAQ this saves us both a lot of time. The Design Form also answers many questions about choices. If you still have questions: Contact us.
  3. If you see something you like in the Gallery, take note of the reference number on the bottom of the sign image and let us know in the Design Form. Note: you may have to click the image to see the reference number.

  4. You may also select from our design elements: frame shapes and font samples available in the Design Form or provide your own design ideas.
  5. If you could fill out the Design Form as best as you can that would be a great start.The cost depends on the size of the sign. The prices and sizes are in the Design Form.
  6. You will then be provided with a visual model of your design free of charge for your approval.
  7. Let us know any changes you want and we will redo the mock-up until your happy the design.
  8. When you are ready, fill in the shipping form so that we can provide you with an accurate quote.
  9. When you are ready to proceed, we will send you an invoice that you can pay with an E-Transfer (preferred), on-line with a bank transfer or with any credit card.
  10.  A sign generally takes 3-4 weeks but this depends how booked up we are.  

    We are very busy April - August and October to December so get your order in quickly for Christmas.

  11. When your sign is completed, we will let you know when it has shipped.

  

Visual Model

This is an example of the mock-up you will receive of your sign design, free of charge.

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Completed Sign

This is an actual picture of the finished sign.

 


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1.3 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0011 -1.3 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
4 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0012 - 4 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0013 The Doggie Dance  sign was done in Fir. 2.7 Square Foot with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0013 The Doggie Dance sign was done in Fir. 2.7 Square Foot with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com


4 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0014 - 4 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com

B0019 This is an example of a compound sign. A large sign connected to a smaller one.
B0019 This is an example of a compound sign. A large sign connected to a smaller one.
2.7 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
B0020 - 2.7 Square Foot Select Cedar Sign with Engraved Artwork by ArtfulCarver.com
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Please browse the Gallery for more examples of our work.

Please note that I don't usually stain the cedar unless specially requested to do so. I just give it 4 coats of clear semi-gloss Polyurethane with UV protection. Check out all the signs on this website and you will notice the many colors/shades that cedar can be. Every sign on the website has been treated the same way. Picture lighting, your monitor settings and many other factors effect the colors/shades you see. The Artful Carver sign was all cut from the same board.   I have no control over the color or light/darkness of the wood. 
Cracks and other blemishes are an unavoidable consequence of dealing with a natural product such as wood.
Western Red Cedar is especially susceptible to cracks along the grain. All cracks are filled with a water proof glue, clamped closed, sanded and sealed. 
Pine doesn't usually have cracks but do often have resin pockets and more knots that are filled and sealed in the same way as cracks. 
In order to doubly ensure that the crack and any new cracks do not open up, vertical spines are glued on the back of all our signs that are two boards or more. 
The whole sign is then sealed with three coats of a marine grade Polyurethane. Be assured that these natural features will not deter from the longevity of your sign.

Your sign is a personal item made just for you. Work cannot begin on your sign until full payment is received. Please check your mock-up carefully for spelling mistakes, proper wording, design and ensure that it is what you want. No refunds can be made once work on your sign starts. Return Policy.

1 Applies to shipping within Canada. Information about shipping policies for other countries can be found here: Payment and Delivery Information
2 The price shown here is an estimation only. You will not be charged at this time.You will receive a quote with your virtual model for your approval.
3 Not including tax