The first time I became aquatinted with sandblasted signs, I was about 13 years old. Me and my Dad have been in the redwood burl business for as long as I could remember. We generally didn’t make signs. That said, we did have a sandblaster. Then and now, I didn’t much like sandblasting, but it was part of the job. I have since warmed up to sandblasting, especially redwood signs.
I remember looking at the signs and saying to my Dad, “Hay this rubber stuff is going to just peel away.” We forged ahead anyhow. To my surprise, the rubber held up, and the signs, once blasted, where over the top. The way the grain pushed away from the lettering made the sandblasted sign look as though it was found on the beach or in some old barn.
I have since blasted a bunch of redwood signs. All different and unique. I guess that’s what makes the sandblasted sign so different from other signs. No two are alike, even when I did 15 signs, same dimensions and nearly the same lettering for Columbia College near Yosemite National Park, they all came out a little different.
In the end, there are a lot of choices when it comes to a sign. Signage is one of the hardest and potentially the most important addition to a business, park, or memorial. Your signage takes on a life of its own and can be the difference between customers recognizing and patronizing your business. Your sign is also a major point of advertising. Your sign may cost significantly up front, but in the end, it pays for itself for many many years.
With all the options available for signage, I still think sandblasted, redwood signs are among the longest lasting, and visually appealing signs you can add to your business.