Adding Images to your Wooden Sign Dramatically increases Visibility

by Thom Inman - Master Craftsman and Western Red Cedar Expert

Carved wooden signs will say a lot about your business, home, cabin, camp, lodge or RV. Aside from telling customers, visitors and friends who you are, they will tell them a little about the business, your personality or your sentiments as well. There are many important factors to consider when planning how your sign will look. Font is powerful factor, as it determines how the actual text will appear. Text in one font can deliver a different message altogether than the same text of another font choice. Font choice alone can deliver formality, whimsy, rusticity and hundreds of themes: Western, Cartoon, Sailing, Hunting, Fishing, etc. The size of your sign can also make a difference, but the larger it is, the more it will cost. This is because it will take more materials to build it, and therefore, more labor as well. Often larger signs require laminating many cedar members of greater thickness to create a plaque large enough to make a solid and stable sign panel. It's not unlike a bowling alley or a chopping block. Those elements; however, aren't the only ones that should be considered when planning to have a custom personalized outdoor welcome sign commissioned.

Choosing to place an image on your sign can greatly increase not only the signs visibility, but also the aesthetic interest from potential customers, friends and viewers. Sometimes, the image will grab a person's attention before the actual words even come into view, thus making that person want to read the words because they were captivated by the picture they just saw. This is why you might want to consider adding an image to your carved wood sign.

Images also have a very powerful impact on the message on your sign. One picture can make an interesting message even more compelling. An appropriate image, properly incorporated into a carved wood sign can actually serve as a demonstration of who you are, what your sentiments intend and profoundly supplementing the message with something that will show the viewer as well as telling them. This visual leverage will serve to enhance your sign, and your message, in a positive way.

While adding an image or multiple images will raise the cost with distinct predictability, it isalways worth the investment. The reason for the higher cost is the increased amount of carving time and complexity necessary to engrave images into cedar sign panels. The costs will vary, depending on what you want on your sign, how large the image is and how complex the image is to carve. A simple image will obviously be the least expensive, while a complex image will require more work, and added cost. The most expensive option is custom designed, original art unique to the message, the owner and the carving artist's repertoire. Here, graphics can be added according to your specifications, imagination or inspiration.

No matter which option you choose, keep in mind your sign will last you a long, long time, so you will see a return on your investment. It's all about attracting attention, customers and visitors. Images often make or break an amazing sign. And that, after all, is the whole point of the investment

May the Forest be with you!