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Valley Sign constructs Game of Thrones-themed sign — with real, medieval-style metal swords.




VALLEY SIGN (ORTING, WA), which specializes in sandblasted wood signage, produced a Game of Thrones-themed wedding present from a father to his recently married son and daughter-in-law – both big fans of the popular TV series – for their home.

Gary Lyons, a designer at Valley Sign, designed, assembled and painted the sign, which features real, medieval-style metal swords inserted into red cedar wood. “Putting the swords in was pretty simple,” Lyons said. “I ran a crisscross dado on the backside and I cut the swords in the middle to extend them about six inches – they were a bit short – and fastened them in place. I laminated some cedar strips over them, then sanded flat.” Lyons applied a dark stain and airbrushed the sky behind the mountains. The lettering is hand-laid 23k gold leaf. “We added six rivets around the edges,” Lyons said, noting that they gilded them first before setting them in holes.

Gary Lyons working on Valley Sign sign

The sign features real, medieval-style metal swords inserted into red cedar wood.

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