Carving is the oldest of all dimensional sign making techniques and takes a high level of artistic skill and patience to produce. Wood and HDU are the most commonly used materials when carving a sign. Adding a carved piece to your sign can make the sign come alive with eye-popping dimension. At Dolphens Design and Sign we pride ourselves on creating creative carved sign solutions for our clients. We like to let our work speak for itself.
The non-illuminated lettering and graphics created at Dolphens Design and Sign have been the backbone niche of our business. We use a variety of materials when creating our popular dimensional signs. Each material has it’s own advantage and is chosen specific to the client’s requests and requirements. The materials used in production of these signs is as vast as the installation methods we use. This sign option is maintenance free and is less expensive than the illuminated option, however a lighting package can be added for night-time visibility. Dimensional lettering signs can be lit by using a technique called “wash lighting” with flood or tulip lights.
Sandblasting is a traditional art-form of the sign maker. We create custom dimensional sandblasted signs by removing a portion of the sign surface using a high pressure air and sand mixture. Traditionally these signs are made of wood, mostly redwood or cedar. Today, using a greener and more cost effective approach, we use primarily HDU. HDU can be shaped easily. We can produce a variety of finishes ranging from concrete to wood grain and many more. Another advantage of sandblasting is a technique called “stage” blasting, garnering it’s name from the method of removing the sign surface in stages. This technique is used to create a dramatic detailed dimensional effect.