Projects - Past and Present

Here you will find some descriptions of projects that I have worked on which will give you some insight into the life of a wooden sign maker and the process that takes a kernel of an idea into a beautiful and eye-catching wooden sign for your business or house.
Rose Cottage Wooden Sign Hand Carved

Take time to smell the Roses

I made this hand carved wood sign for a lovely family in Somerset. The house name might not be original but they wanted the sign to be. After I spoke to the family I created a wooden sign design that they would enjoy. They didn't want a wooden sign that looked like it had been machine carved, they wanted something custom and bespoke and reflected their rustic house. In the end they were very pleased with their handmade wooden house sign. As usual, the sign was made from top quality oak wood.

personalised wooden signs for garden

Traceys veggie garden

This is a sign that I made recently for Tracey who was looking for a personalised wooden sign for her garden. It's always interesting to make something a little different. The majority of my customers are looking for custom wooden signs for the house but there are many ways that a bespoke carved wooden sign can brighten up a space. I am always interested to work on different types of projects from wooden plaques, house name and free standing house signs.

milking parlour wooden sign

The Milking Parlour

This is a recent wooden sign that I made for a farmer in England.

Cherry Tree Cottage - carved wooden sign

This sign was unusual in having a dark stained background - looks good though.

A sign for France

It's nice to help the country's balance of payments sometimes with a sign going abroad!

Magic Mushoom Sign?

I believe these mushrooms are called Fly Agaric? - not good to eat but very good as a motif!

Sign for a pottery

A sign for another small craft business (like mine!) - she is just starting out a a small potter and wants to do courses too

Lavender Leap

An unusual sign this one ,with a very rural feel.

Robin's Retreat

This was for a children's charity that have a space in Leigh Woods, Bristol.

Something fishy!

Something fishy about this wooden sign! - for a shed belonging to a man who keeps carp.
The lettering was carved as well as being painted - not obvious from the photo.

Wooden house sign - elephant!

Really enjoyed doing this elephant - not a very common motif and an even more unusual name!

Wildlife Viewing Seat

This sign went down to Cornwall - a lovely place to spend the rest of it’s days!
The customer kindly sent me this photo.
I believe I supplied it with a natural finish (and the oak would turn grey or silver grey in the weather, but not rot, if left natural) - but it looks as though the customer has put a finish on the sign (maybe Danish oil?) - it will certainly need some attention in the future as I imagine the weather is pretty hard on anything in such an exposed place!

Muttley's cafe sign

This was a lovely commission - for a little cafe (you can guess the name). They gave me a picture of the dog to work from and said they wanted something just to stand on the bar and add a bit of character. Duck-egg blue and brown are the cafe’s colours - as you can imagine.

A nice seaside look to this one...

White lettering always looks good and the blue background really works.

A combination of two fonts can work well

Often customers come up with good ideas for my wooden house signs and the owners of this farm house have certainly done this - it isn’t often that combining two fonts works so well.

If you would like this sort of affect for your sign just specify ‘calligraphy font’ for the first letters.

The life of a craftsman

Some of the ups and downs of being a self-employed craftsman.

Rob Eyley of Woodcott Signs with some thoughts on why I spend my life carving wooden signs for a living -

Sweet Sign With Yacht Motif

A rather sweet little sign with a motif of the customer’s yacht.
It can be difficult to do thin lines like the rigging here - but it seems to work on this one.

A "Naked" Sign

I have put this in to show customers how a sign looks just carved - in this case i went on to paint it but sometimes just the carved look can look very classy (where clarity is not the main thing - as in some lighting they can be hard to read).

The devil is in the detail

This was a bit of an unusual sign that I will probably put on the rustic page of the website! It is sometimes difficult to decide where example photos should go - this one could easily be on the page of unusual and business signs instead or as well.