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Architectural Signage

   High density urethane is a great new material. Here at Chez' Joel on the South West Side  of Chicago it adds the crowning touch to some interesting sign work. Very creative folks, was great to create their Store front.




Electrical Signs

      Hmmmmm? This is an area I begrudgingly address. I learned to do these because the sign shops I worked with all wanted to see if they could make it in the market. I found it terribly time consuming & a poor niche to explore without solely specializing. Without appropriate equipment and a substantial staff I believe I'll stick with just simply designing. I anyone wants an electrical sign I can make the arrangements. For a while my life was hell trying to keep up with contractor's schedules and maintaining every project. It's a very serious business in it's self and shouldn't be tried without some good backup. This is something I tell my customers to buy the best they can and learn to self maintain. Just ask and I'll fill you in.







     It was a beauty when it went up though over time it didn't hold up as well as I would have wished. By request of the customer we used a composite panel to be inserted into the steel oval and it just didn't weather with the finish they supplied. I believe I wanted solid oak panel but was out-voted. Still it's a great sign. The design was a collaboration between Andy Peters and myself. The steel pike it hangs from is 7' long and 3" thick. The large 1/4" thick metal Ss on both sides were plasma cut and welded to the 1/2" x3" thick metal oval and were used to hang the sign from the mounting pole creating a great design effect.



         "Sandblasted Signage". There are many different ways to use a sandblaster to make a relief by blasting away in areas and leaving others level to a finished surface. The sand used in the blaster varies in type and pressure for differing materials. Materials such as Redwood, Cedar, High Density Urethane, Plastics and even several types of Stone.

     When I first learned this technique I worked for Parkway Signs who showed me the latest way to make a wood sign (the trend began in the 80s). For many years before the Howe family at Parkway Signs specialized in routed and engraved signs. They made many of the park service signs in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. I was told they were the first in the area to adopt the sandblasted technique being as the were geared toward joined panel wooden signs.

     In the old days when we made them everything was all by hand including hand cut rubber masking. These days I make most of them using the computer to dye cut the rubber mask. After the process of creating the relieved surface the sign is primed with oil based primers and then painted and or stained with durability in mind. A well maintained sandblasted sign can last indefinitely.




         Dimensional signs are a great way to make a very strong presentation. There are a few shown below, but the option are only limited by imagination. 


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