Our signs are all made by hand and made to order in Charleston, SC. We start with a blank made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). We use MDF because of its durability, its smooth flat surface, and its ease in shaping the edges. This blank is then cut to size& shape. If it is a routed or painted edge sign, the edges will be shaped at this point.
It is then sent to our spray booth to get a coat of paint applied.
Once the paint is dry, the sign is silkscreened the old-fashioned way - by hand.
If the sign is personalized, it will go to our personalization department where a vinyl stencil is cut and applied. Some signs will have the personalization accented by hand.
The routed-edge signs will then have goldstriping applied by hand to the groove in the routed edge.
At this point, our painted & routed edge signs are finished, except for a keyhole that is cut in the back for easy hanging.
Our framed signs, however, go through a few more steps. We use real milled poplar for all of our frames. For signs with curved shapes, the frame is first steamed and bent to shape, or it is hand kerfed, which is the process of cutting slits into one edge of the frame to crate an arched shape.
Once the frame is applied to the sign, it is sanded, painted, and goldstriped by hand.
All of our framed signs are finished with a hand rubbed stain to mellow the colors and give the sign more of an aged appearance.
Some of our signs get a three-dimensional resin relief painted gold These reliefs are first sculpted from clay. Then a mold is made and it is reproduced in durable resin and hand painted.
Because of our unique sign-making process, each sign has small imperfections which give it character and remind you how many hands were involved in creating this product. We've been making signs this same way for over twenty years. You won't find this hands-on approach and attention to detail from the cheaper products made in elsewhere.