What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
THERE IS NO RESTRICTIONS TO WHAT YOU CAN HAVE FOR IMAGES There is NO page of graphics you are limited to choosing from. Images have a powerful impact on the message. One picture can make an interesting message even more compelling. Again, there is no restriction with images, either. What you may want for your sign design would come from one of these FOUR classes or packages of images...
SINGLE-SIMPLE: If all you want is a pine cone, a tree an animal silhouette or a heart - that's considered a single-simple image and adds between $26 and as much as $40, depending on the size of the plaque chosen.
SINGLE-COMPLEX: A single image that is complicated to create and carve like a tree house, or a four-wheeler or a Harley Davidson motorcycle - that's considered Single-Complex and costs between $36 and $50, depending on the size of the plaque chosen.
MULTIPLE-SIMPLE: If you want a scene with animals, a landscape, a lake scene with a fisherman - these are multiple-simple images and are naturally more complicated. They add between $50 and $64, depending on the size of the plaque chosen.
CUSTOM-COMPLEX: This is when we create a custom design or element that may require your original art or photo as for a Logo or other art file. This also includes requests for specific designs. For example not just an old tractor but a 1940 model A John Deere Tractor viewed from the right side - this adds between $72 and $96, depending on the size of the sign chosen.
While adding an image or multiple images will raise the cost with distinct predictability, it is always worth the investment. The reason for the higher cost is the increased amount of carving time and complexity necessary to engrave images into Carved Wooden Signs. The costs will vary, depending on what you want on your Rustic Cabin Sign, how large the image is and how complex the image is to carve. A single image will obviously be the least expensive, while a multiple image will require more work, and added cost. The most expensive option is custom requested, original art unique to the message, the owner and the carving artists repertoire. Here, graphics can be added according to your specifications, imagination or inspiration.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I am a life-long wood carver. I have been hand carving personalized outdoor welcome signs and engraving rustic custom wood signs and plaques for folks since 1966. Woodworking has always been my passion and the tree has always been a friend, a provider and a healer.
Anna Fraser had this to say about the tree and it's a personal favorite of mine, "You are a living illustration of great wisdom. Your kind giving spirit, which provided us with food, shelter and medicine from the wooden cradle to the wooden coffin shows me I was born into a world, which provides for all my basic needs. Many of my deepest questions are answered in endless stories, whispered and illustrated all around us. The outer world mirrors the inner world. High and low feed each other. All things create each other continuously. We are all One. All of us faces of the Great Mystery. All of us connected. One living warm golden heart.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Looking for a custom wood Welcome Sign, Rustic Cabin, Family Name or RV sign ? Are you only finding folks that make wood signs for golf courses; carnival signs; or, just plain 'ol ticky-tacky? Here at Cedar Sign Company there's no restriction to the number of letters you can have and there is never a charge for additional proofs. Consider just telling us what message you want to convey: Classic Formal; Script Formality; Whimsy; Rustic; Kid-Like; Western; State Park, etc. Or, check out the Gallery for sign examples you like and mention the look and the name of the sign you like
We'll need a couple of days to get back to you with the initial scale renderings and 10 Business Days to process the carving, finishing and drying before we ship the sign. You'll receive a UPS tracking number when your wood sign ships! As always if you don't love your sign use it for kindling and we'll give you your money back or make you a new one! The best Surprise is NO surprise!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm Mike Inman and I work with my Dad, Thom. Dad is a life-long wood carver and has carved hand-crafted wood signs and custom house signs and personalized welcome signs and country wooden signs from Western Red Cedar for over 40 years!
I make our hand-crafted wood signs just like my Dad taught me using genuine western red cedar; spiral-cut hardwood dowels; brass and copper hardwares; expensive, marine-grade adhesives and good old-fashioned, prideful craftsmanship passed from father to son. Today, my Mom and I own and operate the business because we love Red Cedar, just like my Dad!
Western Red Cedar is an exceptionally beautiful wood with natural coloring in mellow ambers, reddish cinnamons and rich sienna browns. This natural beauty is evident in all of our creations as we leave the natural grains and knot patterns undisturbed. We had an opportunity to see one of my Dad's first signs not long ago and it had the most beautiful silver patina..."Kinda' like your hair, Dad!"
Like Dad, Red Cedar's durability is legendary...our cedar signs "Gracefully Weather a Lifetime!"
My Dad is always quoting Gus Stickley (Stickley Furniture fame), "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne". We've been doing this for 42 years. Our custom, carved wood signs are all personalized and individually crafted from designs created using scale renderings in collaboration with you. That's the only difference from leanin' over Dad's carving bench and tellin' him what you want.
Our business isn't like Amazon.com or Sears. There is no stock on the shelves. We don't pick orders from bins. All work is custom. All work is commissioned. All work is prepaid. We work on one order at a time - in the order we receive them. Sometimes the line gets real long. Like Father's Day and Christmas. Often we don't have time to go back down the line and see how you are doing with your idea, your proof or the reason why we have not heard from you. Most importantly, the proofs (scale color renderings) we send you must be approved before we carve anything. If you approve a sign proof with your name misspelled - that's on you. Don't call in a fuss over the credit hold on your credit card when placing your order. All work is commissioned and pre-paid. What you will get isn't like Amazon.com or Sears, either!
These are definitely not ticky-tacky; and you won't find us at carnivals or craft fairs! Creating carved wood signs with Western Red Cedar is the natural place to start. Not only does it have distinctive beauty, natural durability and centuries of proven performance; REAL Western Red Cedar is the ultimate green material. Your wooden Welcome Sign will gracefully weather a lifetime with simple maintenance!