2015年2月4日

Residential sign for a vacation home in Hokkaido, Japan

This nameplate is for a client with a vacation home in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan. "Ajisai" means hydrangea in English.
Hand carved/routed from katsura wood - 51 x 20 cm

2014年8月11日

Cheetah Racing sign

This sign was for a client that races an obscure brand of F2 class Australian-made race cars.
90 x 90 cm hand painted on plywood

2014年4月19日

Hand painted pub sign for a client's "man cave" in Fukuoka

This is a hand painted sign I made from old cedar planks, then distressed for further aging.
30 x 41 cm


Design laid out in white prior to painting


2014年3月26日

Metallic gold paint nameplate

A small nameplate I made recently for a very special little girl. Script text with metallic gold paint (all 1 Shot enamel).
10.5 x 13 cm

2014年3月3日

Hand painted faux antique signs on weathered cedar planks

These are a few small hand painted signs (not stenciled, entirely designed and hand lettered) that I made recently. They are painted on old cedar planks, and then distressed to appear as if they had weathered naturally outdoors.


16.5 x 41.5 cm

13 x 56.5 cm ("Retro sign" in Japanese)




12.5 x 60.5 cm





2013年2月13日

Hand carved red cedar residential sign

I finally finished this carved residential sign that I've been working on in my spare time.
It's made from an 8 x 17" (20 x 44 cm) piece of red cedar, and painted with 1 Shot enamel paint.




2012年1月8日

Hand carved Japanese house name plate

Almost all Japanese houses have a name plate posted outside the front door, or on a wall/fence at the front gate. Japanese last names usually consist of one to three kanji  letters (Chinese characters). Most name plates are made from stone, ceramic tile, or metal as they last longer. Wood is used occasionally, but it will eventually weather if not looked after.
I carved this sign for someone named Saito (read from the top to bottom).

"Saito" name plate, hand carved from katsura wood - 8 x 15 cm

Assorted hand routed signs I have carved

These are a few signs that I have carved using either a router/trimmer, and/or by hand with chisels.
This sign for a client in Canada was routed first, then the scalloped background was added with a round chisel - 16 x 50 cm.

This sign was for a restaurant at a ski resort in Hakuba, Japan.

Same as above, for a bar at the same ski resort - both signs are 26 x 100 cm.

V-cut hand carved and routed sign for a martial arts studio in California - 30 x 30 cm.

Hand carved wooden name plate (v-incised)

This is a hand carved residential sign I made for a client in Tokyo. It is carved from  katsura (桂), Japanese Judas tree wood, a popular wood used for relief carving in Japan.


Below is the completed sign after painting the letters (enamel), and several coats of external varnish. The outside border was edged with a router.

11 x 22 cm hand carved sign using only chisels with a v-incised method.