Substrate: The materials used to create the sign. Includes MDO – a type of plywood; and HDU – a man-made material that we use instead of wood on most carved or sandblasted signs. We also use aluminum, PVC and other materials, carefully chosen to meet the requirements of each project.
Paint: We use paints especially designed for the sign industry; with very high pigmentation, and bright, long-lasting colors, made to hold up under extreme outdoor conditions.
Hand Lettering: Many of our signs are still lettered by hand – with a brush – continuing an honored, age-old tradition of artistry and skill. Hand lettering gives our signs “life”; an authenticity and individuality unmatched by mechanical, computer-generated lettering.
Hand Carving: Carved signs are a tradition in New England. Our signs are carved by hand – using chisels, knives and gouges, and many are finished with Gold Leaf. The introduction of High-Density Urethane (HDU) as a sign substrate means we can now offer carved signs with the look and feel of wood. Unlike wood however, HDU does not absorb water, warp, crack or rot. Combining the traditions of hand-carving and Gold Leaf with new materials unites the best of both worlds.
Computer-generated vinyl: This has become the standard of the sign industry, replacing most of what was once done by a skilled craftsman with a brush, or other situations where hand lettering might be too costly or time consuming. Like any technology, it has its value – and its limitations.