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Hello from a Wood Sign Carver

Hi all! I joined today to learn and share about woodworking.

Currently I carve signs out of wood and other materials. I actually use less wood these days and more composites, but I have a great interest in making furniture and items for around my home. So I would like to learn from you guys...

Here are a few examples of my carved signs...
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Welcome. & thanks for sharing. Your signs are very nice. Good craftsmanship.

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That girl must be strong to be able to hold up that sign.

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Thank you for the welcome!


If you look close at the Kersey Valley sign you will see there is a little cedar log sticking out of the rocks that the sign is resting on...I'm just balancing the load. That girl is me, I make the signs.

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Welcome aboard! The signs look great! Very nicely done. Do you design by hand or Illustrator (or similar).

What types of furniture are looking to build? Furniture is pretty much all I do.

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hi firemedic. I use a program called Aspire3. It is a cad program that is used to turn 3d items into cut files for cnc router machines.

I have a few projects that i want to get to. I want to make an island in my kitchen, that's probably first on my list. I want there to be a higher bar side that you sit at with stools, then a lower part where you can prepare things. I checked out your facebook site looks like you do great work.

Thanks again see ya around.

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hi firemedic. I use a program called Aspire3. It is a cad program that is used to turn 3d items into cut files for cnc router machines.

I have a few projects that i want to get to. I want to make an island in my kitchen, that's probably first on my list. I want there to be a higher bar side that you sit at with stools, then a lower part where you can prepare things. I checked out your facebook site looks like you do great work.

Thanks again see ya around.
I might have to check out Aspire. I've only done 2D CNC with vector paths exported from Illustrator. Anyways, PLENTY of cabinet builders here so you came to the right place!

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Thank you for the welcome!

If you look close at the Kersey Valley sign you will see there is a little cedar log sticking out of the rocks that the sign is resting on...I'm just balancing the load. That girl is me, I make the signs.
Oops' my bad. Not that I didn't think you could hold up that sign. As I look close I see the log. Besides the mma sign I should be careful what I say. Great signs anyway, keep up the good work. It's nice to see more woman doing this craft as well as men. Keep em comin

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Dominick thanks. It's no problem really I didn't take offense at all.

A lot of times people think I am just the model that stands next to the finished sign. While my husband does many things for the business nowdays, it all started with me hand carving signs 100% from scratch with chisels, scroll saw and a Dremel.

the reason you will see me stand next to the signs is because it gives a perspective to the size of the sign. It's also kind of proof that I actually produced the sign as well. Most of the time I ship them and don't install them so I like to keep a good photo collection of them.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome to woodworking talk, see you guys around!

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Dominick thanks. It's no problem really I didn't take offense at all.

A lot of times people think I am just the model that stands next to the finished sign. While my husband does many things for the business nowdays, it all started owith me hand carving signs 100% from scratch with chisels, scroll saw and a Dremel.

the reason you will see me stand next to the signs is because it gives a perspective to the size of the sign. It's also kind of proof that I actually produced the sign as well. Most of the time I ship them and don't install them so I like to keep a good photo collection of them.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome to woodworking talk, see you guys around!
No I didn't think you took it offensively. Like I said good to see more woman doing woodworking these day. Good luck and hope to see more pics. I build mostly rustic log and slab furniture. Take care.

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Very nice to see your work. We closed our sign shop mid last year and one thing I always wanted to do more was in the realm of hand-carved or CNC carved signage. So much of what is done today has such little creativity and this type of work is very inspiring to me. I made a few sandblasted signs and really enjoyed that, plus I've made a few sandblasted stones for weddings. Also very impressive to see a woman working in this end of the craft that seems to be heavily dominated by men. Anyway, love the stuff you are doing and welcome!

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Thank you all, I love the welcome sign!

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

Very nice work on those signs. Keep up the great work.

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Melissa,

I must say how very impressed I am by what you've already accomplished at your young age. A family girl with two kids, starting from scratch using routers freehand, you're just something else.

Your work is absolutely top-notch, your website is splendid, and the way you've put together your business model is dynamite. We could all learn a lesson by reading your "About" story on your website.

Your husband & family must be so very proud of you! I know you've inspired me even though I thought I was still inspired!




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Dominick thanks. It's no problem really I didn't take offense at all.

A lot of times people think I am just the model that stands next to the finished sign. While my husband does many things for the business nowdays, it all started with me hand carving signs 100% from scratch with chisels, scroll saw and a Dremel.

the reason you will see me stand next to the signs is because it gives a perspective to the size of the sign. It's also kind of proof that I actually produced the sign as well. Most of the time I ship them and don't install them so I like to keep a good photo collection of them.

Again, thanks for the warm welcome to woodworking talk, see you guys around!
Saw your profile in one of my magazines this month. Hot stuff.
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Welcome to the forum.

Very nice work on those signs. Keep up the great work.
Thank you Texas Sawduster!


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Saw your profile in one of my magazines this month. Hot stuff.

American Woodworker? It must have been that one. Thank you!


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I must say how very impressed I am by what you've already accomplished at your young age. A family girl with two kids, starting from scratch using routers freehand, you're just something else.

Your work is absolutely top-notch, your website is splendid, and the way you've put together your business model is dynamite. We could all learn a lesson by reading your "About" story on your website.

Your husband & family must be so very proud of you! I know you've inspired me even though I thought I was still inspired!
Thank you so much Texas Timbers! That is very kind of you to say. Have you ever made it over towards Bandera County? One of my largest clients is from that area. Thank you again, see you around woodworkingtalk!

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