So in early December, I stumbled (literally) over a sign that was from Uncle Henry's property. He had a long, winding front walk that led up to the front door of the house, which they never used (or answered), so delivery people often got confused. So Uncle Henry made a sign out of scrap wood that he hand carved, painted and attached to a post at the front door to send them to the back of the house. This sign is at least 40 - 50 years old (probably older) and I can still see it (in my mind) along the walk.
So I thought this would be a cool Christmas gift to give to L. I knew she would immediately recognise it although she probably thought it was lost forever. Having been outside in the weather for decades, it was in rough shape. So I cleaned and lightly sanded it first. Then I put some metal straps on the back to hold it together and keep it from splitting any more. Then I got some black, oil based stain and painted the bulk of the sign. I had taken it up to the local Ace Hardware and they made the recommendation on the paint. I next got some white and red acrylic paint from the local AC Moore and painted the lettering and arrow. This took several coats and some tweaking with the black stain to get the lettering and arrow edges as clean as I could. It probably took me longer to paint this then it did for Uncle Henry to carve it. Finally, I added a hanger wire on the back so that L could hang it on the wall in her house. This wouldn't last outside again.
|Here's the finished sign. I hung it on my wall just for picture taking.|
|A close -up of the carving work. It's kind of hard to see in the picture.|
|And even closer still.|