LOCK HAVEN – Signs are now part of the porch decor, no matter where you live. You welcome visitors, display your hobby, your love of pets, your love of the forest, the countryside and the farm. People love porch signs large and small. And that’s what Sandy Considine does “Porch signs”.
During the shutdown from late summer to fall there was a lot of free time staying at home. As a craftswoman and photographer, Sandy knew she could make something from the living edge slab lumber from her husband Mike’s portable sawmill. So she first dabbled in woodcut stencils and lettering. But after burning two woodworking machines, she decided to paint the stencils by hand.
Being a creative person, she started with a few stencils to create farmhouse / country porch signs. By presenting them on Marketplace, she sold herself. So now the collection of stencils and letter sizes has grown by leaps and bounds. Sandy will make a personalized sign to your preference if the stencil is available.
Porch signs are super fun to make, they get the creative juices flowing with the decisions of stain, paint or leave natural and it’s all up to the wood and the imagination. Some woods are blue spruce top and the blue streaks are a distraction for the wood to be painted. Live edges are always a big hit because they give character to the sign. The wood Sandy uses is still pine. No living trees are felled for signs that the trees have already fallen from storms. The wood is dried, lightly sanded, painted with a stencil and sealed with an exterior urethane, the back of the panels is left natural.
Sandy said people give her ideas on what to think about, but often leave the design to her. She added that her signs are not about perfection, they are about reusing wood and turning it into a work of art that has flaws, but also shows the beauty of the slab’s natural shape with knots or knots. knot holes. The signs vary depending on the thickness, it’s all in the cut.
The love of nature, the love of art and the need to create in a country, in a primitive and rural way, that is what it is about.