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For the Birds

Gary Anderson blasted, gilded, carved and painted this sign.




Gils signage

Master signmaker Gary Anderson, Bloomington, IN, blasted, gilded, carved and painted this sign for the workshop of Loveland, OH woodworker (and my dad) Gil Russ.

* If you look closely, you’ll notice that the carved bird has a hole pecked into the back of his head by the local alpha pileated woodpecker. Territorial much?

Jeff Russ is a content studio manager for SmartWork Media and was the senior art director of Signs of the Times from 1996-2021. A graphic designer and illustrator with an interest in sign design and sign history, Jeff documents important, interesting and notable design trends in the sign industry as a contributor to Signs of the Times. He has written dozens of features for Signs, and his column, Design Matters, was published for more than a decade.



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