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