Hand Carved Signs by Maryland Artist Tom Crowl.

Design Layout For A Custom Carved Sign

At this time we are not offering Hand Carved Signs.

Tom does his design work on computer - he prefers that as it is easier to make adjustments, scale designs & lettering and quickly see the results.  One of his most popular signs is the leaf frame.  To the right is Tom's computer generated design for the sign on the left. 

So how does it go from a computer layout to a hand carved piece?

I'm glad you asked!

Tom tile prints the design and then tapes the paper template design to his work piece.  Using a pencil and some old fashioned carbon paper - he traces the design onto the wood.  The template sits to one side so Tom may refer to it as he uses his chisels to carve the work.  As each piece of wood is different, sometimes minor changes will need to be made to the original design.  In the end, you get a hand carved one of a kind piece of art!

When you order design work - please note that you will be getting a computer generated art proof.  The lack of color - or colors that aren't in shades you discussed with Tom - do not mean that there is a problem - it is just the palette of his design program.  Once your sign is carved - it is hand finished and gets his personal attention to detail.

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Crafty Owl Primitives * Tom & Dierdre Crowl
P.O. Box 2131  *  Westminster, MD. 21158  *  (410)876-6771

As each work is a one of a kind, naturally we can not show every item on this website.  If you saw us at a show and would like to inquire about a specific piece - or you have a question regarding a custom commission, please:
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All materials copyright 2004, 2005, 2006 - Tom and Dierdre Crowl