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What are Country Wooden Signs and are they Still Used?

Of all sign types, you can find today, country wooden signs are the rarest. The main reason for that is the fact they are old, they are specifically made and they are popular as collector items. Some of them may reach huge prices and they are usually reserved for a high-end clientele. But, what these signs are actually and from where they come from?

The first country wooden signs

Country wooden signs came from the Wild West, in the United States and they have been used by taverns and local service owners. Today, they are used due to the same reason, but only in places where the same atmosphere and the same result are needed. Back at those ages, they were very important and were made to last for decades, without any maintenance at all. Some signs of this kind were made to send a specific message to all people and to invite them to a pre-defined place. Another feature they had is the number of letters. They never had rich information to display, and they were as simple as possible. For example, one of the most common types was ‘’whiskey’’ signs, meaning that the local tavern is close by.

The main characteristics

The first and therefore the most important characteristic was the material itself. Yes, they were made from wood, as the name suggests, but the actual type of wood was special. People usually used oak or cedar and thickens was massive. Far bigger than sings today have. At those times, this was a necessity. Signs had to last for a longer period of time, without being replaced, damaged or repaired. Some signs of this kind can last for decades, without any damages whatsoever. The situation is the same when it comes to the letters and symbols. They are also extremely durable and they can withstand almost anything.

The dimensions were mentioned above, but we must add that they were chosen correspondingly. In a matter of fact, all signs of this kind were huge. They had to be seen directly from a great distance. Smaller signs are rare, and they are linked to a closer history.

 Country wooden signs in a modern age

Today, country wooden signs are rare, but they can be seen. They are used in Texas, Alabama and several other states in the United States and in Australia. People use them to display their private property or to add the appealing old-looked bars have to offer. Still, words and sayings related to the alcohol are displayed, and even the font is the same. It is very nice being able to see a sign of this kind today. They are not something you can see everyday, and they are masterpieces.

We must add the fact that most signs are made today, so they are not vintage. However, they look old and they are customized to look exactly the same as old versions, which is important for their potential owners. 

Possibilities With Custom Made Wooden Signs

Wooden signs are the best and one of the rare eco-friendly alternatives which allow you to share your thoughts and your message with other people. Custom made wooden signs are truly different. They allow you to choose every single aspect about them and to get a sign that is 100% as you want it to be. There are no limitations and everything is possible.

Dimensions and Shape

Usually, this kind of signs is made from bamboo or pine board. In both cases, the thickness may be between 0.3 up to 1 inch. Additional thicknesses are available, but they are rare. Dimensions can be as you wish. Some standard models have 48x48 inch dimensions, but it is possible to get much smaller ones, with 5x5 inches. Those made from pine board are bigger and heavier.

No matter how big a sign is, it can be hung with the help of hangers. These are small elements, mounted at the back of a sign. Smaller ones have just one or two hangers, but larger require more.

The shape is one of the extremely important aspects of each sign. It has to be specific in most cases and in some, it must be original. Custom made wooden signs are the most common in a rectangular shape, but we also have those in other shapes. A great possibility is the fact each user can choose a shape he prefers. Irregular shapes are harder to make, more expensive, but they are completely original.

Text and Graphics

Here, we have two alternatives. The first one is laser imprint, which is quicker, more affordable and more accurate. It is also a permanent choice. A great fact about this method is that all types of texts and graphics are possible. No matter how small or big they are, the laser will imprint them perfectly.

A second technique is drawing the text and graphics by hand. It is slower, more expensive and more delicate procedure, but it is more personal and more appealing to people. The paint, used for these signs is UV resistant. As such, it can withstand all temperatures and UV rays, obviously. The average lifespan is 2 years, but if sign isn’t exposed to the elements and the sun through the entire year, or it has a protective coat, the lifespan is much longer. It can even achieve 10 years.

In both cases, the text and symbols must be perfectly written, imprinted on a wooden sign. Errors and mistakes are not allowed here and they can ruin the entire sign!

Rustic Effect

A real pleasure is being able to get a wooden sign with the rustic effect. It means that a sign will look vintage, but it will be completely new. There is no point to buy vintage wooden signs because they can cost a lot, so they are a money-saving choice.

They are not more complicated to make than ordinary signs and they also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although, their colors are specific. 

Personalized painted outdoor wooden signs: What you can customize?

Personalized painted outdoor wooden signs are a desire of us many. They are beautiful, beneficial and they have countless applications. As you know, the most important advantage these signs have is the level of possible customizations. In essence, you can change, modify, add or remove anything you want, and you will get a sign that looks precisely as you want it to look. So, the main accent should be on what you can actually customize.

The shape

At the beginning, personalized painted outdoor wooden signs must have a unique shape. This relates to their dimensions and the shape itself. After all, there is no point in making a sign of this kind that looks the same as every other. There are plenty of signs that are 100% original. Their shape is extraordinary and they look like no other sign. The best part is that the shape can be adjusted to the main purpose of the sign. For example, we have signs in the shape of a coffee cup, used for coffee houses. Due to the fact they are made from wood, rather than from metal, choosing the shame you want is simple and it doesn’t increase the price of a sign.

The color

As you may believe, color can be chosen correspondingly for the main purpose of a sign.  We have a lot of eco-friendly related signs that feature green color, so they promote the environment and add a unique accent on nature itself. On the other hand, we have casual white signs that are used for real estates and similar business. A real pleasure is being able to choose any color you want. Even better, you can choose a special, custom made color, which means that your sign will look 100% different than any other. This is useful for some, special types of business or applications that require this level of originality. It should be mentioned that all colors must be for wood and that all of them must be coated with a protective layer. This is mandatory for all signs designed for outdoor applications.

Letters, information or symbols

Another, important and needed fact is that you can choose anything you want to write on your sign. As usual, there are no rules, so you can choose any font, letters, symbols and any information you prefer. This is one of the most important reasons why these signs are so popular and so needed. They are far more important than any other type of signs and they have been used for many applications since the 10th century.

Personalized painted outdoor wooden signs also allow you to choose between several different colors, used on the same sign. This is rare in the world of signs, but it is very useful and beneficial. Thanks to this possibility, we have signs that are painted so they look like no other sign. They are suitable for just one purpose, for just one business and they are something that every single person will notice.