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Hand carved wooden sign

Carved signs for Homes and for Businesses

Whether it’s a new wooden house or business sign or a thank you gift for someone who is retiring, I can make it. I don’t just carve signs though; many businesses have used my services before, as well as other organisations such as community groups and charities, to commission one-off gifts and promotional items.

Signs are usually carved from oak that has come from sustainable forestry and finished with varnish, wax (for indoor use) or finishing oil, depending on which you prefer. I can also carve and paint any design that you would like to accompany the text and am able to carve using a large range of different fonts and styles. If you would like more information about what designs, timbers and finishes are suitable for the project that you have in mind, contact me to have a chat about it.


Carved thank you gifts for businesses


I can also make carvings from special pieces of timber, such as well-loved trees that have been cut down. The sunflower carving above was made using cedar from a tree that originally grew in the grounds of the headquarters for the cancer charity Penny Brohn UK. It came to me as an unseasoned log that had to be cut up and carefully joined to form the panel. When making it, the design had to account for any movement in the wood during seasoning.


Carving for Penny Brohn UK


This oak carving was made for a pub in Shropshire. The ‘Jack of Corra’ is a kind of old drinking vessel, and the spelling of ‘immemorial’ is exactly as the client wanted it.


Hand carved wooden pub sign


The carving was from a design supplied by the customer and was carved in very low relief, as it was to be installed on a bar and so would be vulnerable to potential knocks.

If you have a particular picture that you’d like on your sign, I can carve and paint that too. This house sign includes a portrait of their cat:


Carved portrait of a pet cat in wood


…and if you are wondering what the writing in Greek on the house sign with the carved and painted hibiscus flower means, it translates as ‘House of flowers’.

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‘Naked Grouse’ whisky bottle 2014

In 2014, I was asked to turn and carve oak replicas of the distinctive bottles that ‘Naked Grouse’ whisky is sold in. They were to be used in the promotional launch of the whisky in the UK. As part of the commission, I also carved the logos of five different bars in the prestigious Mayfair and Marylebone districts of London live in the bars themselves.


Woodcarving for a publicity event


The Glasgow-based marketing company  Material approached me during the summer of that year to ask if I could make some oak sculptures as part of a promotional launch. The makers of ‘Famous Grouse’ whisky were introducing their new premium malt blend, called ‘Naked Grouse‘, to customers in the UK. The marketing centred on the craftsmanship involved in producing fine whisky.

The sculptures were replicas of the Naked Grouse whisky bottle, turned and carved in oak which originally grew on the Quantock Hills in Somerset. They were mounted on oak plinths that had LED lights installed to illuminate the bottle.


Naked grouse oak whiskey bottle


It was fun doing some woodturning again to make the bottles, especially when an electrical fault in the first lathe shorted out the workshop’s electrics!


woodturning a naked grouse whiskey bottle


The labels and embossed grouse design were replicated using a Dremel hand drill.

The bottles were then stained to match the colour of the whisky as much as possible. Fitting the LED lighting systems into the oak plinths was quite interesting; I haven’t studied physics since school, so it was quite an education learning about resistors, diodes and the like!




Six bottles and plinths were made in the end, of which five were used in the promotion as one bar dropped out at the last minute.


'Naked Grouse' whiskey promotion


Then it was time for the next stage of the project: live carving at bars in the prestigious Mayfair district of London!


promotion for naked grouse whiskey


The demonstrations involved carving the logo of each bar onto each plinth in the establishments themselves. The sculptures were then left at each bar. The bars themselves ranged from a Lebanese restaurant (complete with Arabian dancers) through a bar having a ‘beach party’ to a very exclusive place with no sign and a doorman.


london bar


It was great fun doing the live carving, as well as a bit of a challenge to reproduce the logos with a time limit and an audience. I’m happy to say that everyone was very pleased with the finished sculptures.


turned and carved bottle