THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: St. Peter’s Fly Shop – 2006

For hundreds of years, the ethereal quality of fly fishing has been admired by many but experienced by few. Recently, the sport has captured the interest of traditional lake and stream fishermen and women, as well as a generation of determined novices. It’s a centuries-old pastime that has become a 21st century passion. Devotees write books, produce blogs and videos that offer fly techniques and encouragement, and, sometimes, they open fine fly fishing shops. Such is the case with St. Peter’s Fly Shop.

In 2006, Paxton Signs had the pleasure of designing and building St. Peter’s two-sided sign for their location near Old Town, Fort Collins. The owners wanted to highlight the quality of their products and services, as well as communicate the artistic merits of the sport. That called for a realistic, hand-carved, hand-painted, greenback cutthroat trout! St. Pete’s already had a well-designed logomark, one that lent style and interest to the sign. Paxton Signs incorporated these elements onto a high-density urethane background that was custom-shaped, then painted in elegant hues of teal. The sign featured St. Peter’s name recessed in gold leaf on a striking black oval. Matching ornate posts finished the design, complementing the sign’s color theme.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Tricycle Creations

Artists, artisans and art patrons are always a pleasure to work with when designing and building a sign. Tricycle Creations was that kind of experience. Whether whimsical or sophisticated, the gallery offered a variety of mediums from sculpture to paintings to drawings. Their appreciation of creative artistic expression influenced the outcome of our collaboration with them.

Seventeen years ago (2002) the gallery owners came to Paxton Signs for a sign that showcased the quality and scope of their inventory. They chose a hand-crafted, gold-leafed, sandblasted sign – a sign that was as artful as the creations displayed in their gallery. The sign’s deep blue background was enhanced with subtle, raised filigree, and a hand-painted antique tricycle gave the sign a playful cachet. The high-density urethane background panel was custom-cut in an eye-catching shape. The end product was a sign that was unique and original.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Deer Crest Resort

The north entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is also the location of Deer Crest Resort. The beautiful Colorado mountain lodge is situated on Fall River Road, just minutes from the world-famous Park.

Deer Crest is a four-season getaway for the discriminating traveler and adventurer, offering suites for all seasons, and is specifically designed for adults. It features a refreshing smoke-free environment. Few Estes Park getaways offer as many amenities as Deer Crest. It simply has to be experienced to be appreciated. Visit their website at:  www.deercrestresort.com

Paxton Signs constructed the two-sided Deer Crest sign in 2007.  The 6′ x 10′ sign features a graduated, recessed background, with elevated art elements and prismatic letters. The deer art elements were hand-carved, hand-painted, and placed on an illustrated mountain scene. The featured letters, “DEER CREST,” were hand-carved and gold-leafed for a long-lasting luster. As with all Paxton signs, the Deer Crest sign was designed to tolerate extreme temperatures with triple-coat, exterior paint, and was engineered to withstand high-wind events.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

 

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: North Park Visitor’s Center

The North Park Visitor’s Center sign dates back to the late 1980s. Located near Walden, Colorado, it was one of Paxton Signs first creations and featured the hallmarks of our business: Effective communication art, fine craftsmanship and dependable customer service. The dimensional sign was custom-shaped and sandblasted in high-density urethane, including the large front text panel. We built it to last decades in the harsh North Park climate, triple-coating it with exterior paint, and installing it to withstand high-wind loads and extreme temperatures.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Abby’s Ark

As its name suggested, Abby’s Ark gift store contained unique gifts of nearly every wholesome sort – a global selection of educational, captivating and entertaining items not found in an increasing number of large “box” stores. Although Abby’s Ark was absorbed by Nature’s Own Science and Nature Store in the early 2000s, its legacy lives on as one of the first and finest curiosity and educational gift stores located in Old Town Fort Collins.

Paxton Signs designed the Ark’s sign by using wordplay: The shape of the sign was an “arc”- simple, appealing and highly visible, and emphasizing the store’s name: Abby’s Ark. The shaped background was cut from high-density urethane and featured hand-carved end pieces that were adorned in variegated copper. The letters were finished in gold leaf. Overall, the metallic finishes highlighted the dark blue background.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Tapestries by Shanne

Tapestries by Shanne  was one of Paxton Signs’ first dimensional signs. Designed in 1987 and measuring approximately 4′ x 2.5′, the sign was custom-shaped and sandblasted in high density urethane. The background surface was hand-painted in a deep blue, faux finish, with darker shading surrounding the different groupings of cream-white letters. Rust and orange trim grounded the dark blue background, adding a colorful contrast.

The accomplished Shanne Hilleman still designs tapestries, or Soft Media, as she calls her craft. Fiber arts may continue to be her main focus, but, as an accomplished musician, she also teaches piano and pursues other skills and interests such as courtroom steno writing, art education, Spanish and social issues. You can find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanne-hilleman-73125920

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art, serving Fort Collins and northern Colorado.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Antiques by Vintage Clock & Watch

In 1997, antiques were popular, valued and sought after. The  Silent Generation (born between 1925-45) and the Baby Boomers (1945-65) were the demographics that owned and collected antiques. The majority in these age groups began moving into smaller homes, resulting in the selling of their antiques to accommodate downsizing. This has had a snowball effect on the antique market: With the increased supply and less demand, antique prices have plummeted. But even with reduced prices, they have not sold and probably won’t for some time, mostly due to a shift in current interior “open-space” trends, as well as popular contemporary home design in general.

Vintage Clock and Watch Repair included antiques in their business model during the 1990s. Paxton Signs designed and hand-painted the specialty sign that was displayed at the store’s entrance from 1997 to the early 21st century. Since then, VCW moved on to other locations, and, because of the declining market, eliminated antiques from their inventory.

In an interesting twist, the sign shown, left, found a home at a local flea market that specializes in – you guessed it – antiques! Paxton Signs offered to buy it back, but the flea market liked the sign so much, they declined the offer.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: The Inn At City Park

Even though the Inn at City Park is no longer open for guests, as a private residence, it still graces a beautiful tree-lined avenue in Fort Collins.

The rare 1930’s foursquare structure was transformed into an American farmhouse-styled bed and breakfast, located in a serene park-like setting within minutes of historic Old Town Fort Collins, and a short walk to the campus of nationally recognized Colorado State University. Built in 1935 and updated in 2005 – a refurbishment that complemented the structure’s original era – the Inn at City Park offered five elegantly designed guest rooms. Throughout the structure, hardwood floors highlighted the beauty and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Beautiful landscaping and gardens provided a quiet place to get away from it all. The large, wrap-around porch offered views of the city’s historic park and golf course across the avenue – a lovely setting for conversation, refreshment, or contemplation.

In 2005, Paxton Signs designed the Inn’s two-sided sign to reflect the ornate graphics of the early 20th century. Gold leaf letters commanded the attention of passers-by, drawing the eye in to the streetcar graphic (the original streetcar still operates daily during summer months), the address, and finishing with the bed and breakfast tagline. The background panels were shaped from medium-density signboard and painted to correspond with the Inn’s exterior colors. The gold-leafed letters were hand-carved in high-density urethane. Finally, the streetcar was formed from medium-density signboard, then hand-painted.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs, vehicle and fleet graphics – a continuous variety of communication art.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

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• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Hillcrest Farm

The horse industry impacts the American economy more than motion picture services, railroad transportation, furniture and fixture manufacturing. The industry employs more than 700 thousand people directly – 450 thousand of these positions are full-time equivalent jobs, the rest are part-time and seasonal. Colorado ranks 9th, nationally, in horse ownership, and the majority of those owners live in northeastern Colorado. Hillcrest Farms is one of the nation’s many horse boarding and training centers located in that region, near Fort Collins.

Paxton Signs has been building Hillcrest’s signs since 1999, in addition to lettering their fleet graphics. We designed the Hillcrest identity to reflect the quality service they provide. The dimensional entrance sign measures 3′ x 5′, and is sandblasted into a sturdy sheet of high-density urethane. The various borders, colors and graphic elements add interest. Gold-leaf letters and artistic trim give the sign its strong graphic elegance.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs – a continuous variety of communication art.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Trophy Mountain Ranch

Picture rolling grasslands that sweep up to a mountain of dark timber, broad vistas that stretch well into Wyoming, and a pervasive quiet that soaks into your soul, and you’d have a good start on visualizing Trophy Mountain Ranch north of Walden, Colorado.  Although world-class elk hunting and trout fishing were the outdoor centerpieces of Trophy Mountain Ranch, it had high-country appeal as a broad-based recreational ranch, including horseback riding, snowmobiling, and ski touring in the winter months.

In 2005, Paxton Signs designed and built the Trophy Mountain Ranch sign with the above characteristics in mind. The 3′ x 10′ sign was carved from a sheet of high-density urethane, painted in a green/black, gradated background, including mountain and forest graphics, then finished with snow white dimensional letters and a bold, decorative dimensional banner.

Paxton Signs’ more than 37 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, carved signs – a continuous variety of communication art.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

• Sandblasted • Hand Carved • Hand Painted • Hand Lettered • Gold Leaf • Storefront • Dimensional • Residence • Vehicles • Murals • Logos • Identity