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Don’t crane your neck to see this handcarved and painted HDU sign in front of Rick Petry’s house in Seabrook, a new Pacific Beach, WA development. Bob Burnett of Spring Valley Signs sculpted Sign Arts Products Corp.’s Sign•Foam 3 HDU with German hand chisels and applied 23k goldleaf to the incise-carved letters. Burnett fortified the HDU with laminated PVC sheets. Benjamin Moore exterior-grade latex paint serves as a basecoat, and Liquitex® artists’ acrylics are used on the sculpture.
Burnett worked with Rose Barth on the design layout, which SA Intl.’s Flexi-EXPERT software helped guide. Roland DGA Corporation’s CAMM1 Pro plotter demarcated the mask.

Larry Plummer of Design Works incise carved the letters of this 6 x 6-ft., double-faced, Sign•Foam 3 HDU pylon with a Techno Isel LC 48 x 96-in. router and applied 23k goldleaf. The handcarved HDU bottle, painted with Matthews blue, acrylic-polyurethane basecoat, received 10 applications of Matthews automotive urethane clearcoat to achieve a glassy shine. Two 4 x 4 white, PVC posts, fitted over treated wood cores, secure the sign.


Clarendon, a 1,000-acre retreat located within a three-hour drive of Sydney, Australia, takes pride in its riding school and horse trails. The 6 x 8-ft., double-sided entry sign was designed with SA Intl.’s Flexi Expert 7, and masks were cut with Roland DGA Corporation’s CM300 plotter. The Sign•Foam 3 HDU panels, backed with PVC and installed on steel posts, were painted with Dulux Weathershield X10 paint. The handcarved text is gilded with 23k goldleaf. The gilded sculptures and post caps also comprise Sign•Foam 3.






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