The client wanted a sign for their family farm that captured the feel of the property and their view across their fields to Mount Baker. We met with them in early September and started the design process.
We started with a few thumbnail sketches of potential shapes and layout ideas.
They wanted the sign to sit inside an arbour that matched the one they already had near the house.
After a few iterations we all settled on this one being the best. From concept, through 3D development, to the machine, and finally installed on their property all took about a month.
The cutting process started by saw-milling the 6" rough cedar posts in half to get our 3" thick stock pieces. Those were jointered, glued up together and after a few days to cure, ready for the machine.
Here we have cut the first facing pass for what will be the faces of the topmost layer, everything that will be white. The letters and mount baker.
The roughing passes on all 3 depth layers.
And finally with all CNC milling complete, the sign is cut free from the stock material, sanded and ready for staining.
Using vegetable based aniline dye for the dark and Saman brand vegetable stain for the white, all sealed behind several coats of Defthane to protect it from sun and rain. With staining complete, we're ready for onsite installation.