Helen asked me if I could make two oak signs for her holiday cottage, The Green Lodge, in Aviemore. It was about to open, and she thought that signs would be lovely finishing touches that would also help visitors to find it.
Making up proofs
Helen wanted two signs, a smaller one to sit by the front door, and a larger one to sit at the turn off to the house. She had a logo that she wanted on both signs. Helen decided that an arrow on the larger one would be helpful too.
She emailed me a black and white logo in PDF format which was perfect. I could rescale it to two sizes , one for each sign, without loss of image quality.
Helen contacted Frazer at FAR Cabinet Makers to specify the wood and sizes for the signs. Then I prepared some proofs, locating the logos centrally within the shapes of the wood. The sizes I could engrave the logos was dictated by the width of the logo. It’s important to have enough white space around artwork so that it doesn’t look crammed in.
To make sure it was clear, Helen wanted the arrow on the larger sign to be long, sitting across the width of the sign. After she saw the proof, she decided on a smaller one in the bottom left corner. This was definitely the right decision. While still very clear, the arrow was much more subtle and didn’t dominate the sign.
After a couple of proofs, Helen was happy and I engraved the signs.
Frazer Reid from @farcabinetmakers sanding down the Green Lodge house signs
Posted by The Green Lodge Aviemore on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Finishing the signs
Helen came round to pick up the signs after I’d engraved them. She took them to Frazer’s workshop where he gave them a light sand and varnished them to protect them from the elements. She loved watching the process, and made the film above.
Both photos were taken by her after the signs were installed. She’s delighted with them and they really suit the property.