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For the Birds

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

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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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