THROWBACK THURSDAY: Featuring Hearthfire at Richards Lake

In 2003, Paxton Signs retro-fitted a newly designed Hearthfire community sign to an existing monument base.  The 4’x6′, two-sided sign was custom-shaped and featured a hand-painted, blue heron illustration, in addition to a gold-leafed, ornamental filigree border. The hand-carved letters were also gold leafed. The finishing touch was to add a thin, turquoise blue trim – just enough color to set off the gold leaf elements and midnight blue background. Sometimes less is more!

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: Vivian’s

There was a time in Fort Collins when high-end, European lamps and lampshades were hard to come by. Internet shopping hadn’t yet presented desirable alternatives, leaving most customers to shop for home decor and interior design accessories either through catalogs or at a few large, “big box” department stores. That is, until 2001 when Vivian opened her doors to grateful shoppers. From the simple to the exotic, Vivian’s became the go-to, high-end, lamp, lampshade and home-decor alternative, located in downtown Fort Collins.

Paxton Signs crafted Vivian’s hand-carved, gold-leafed sign to complement the store’s high-end appeal. The letters and border were hand-carved in high-density urethane. The main panel was made from MDO plywood, then finished in a painted, purple faux texture. By combining gold leaf and the deep, purple texture, Paxton Signs produced a sign that reflected Vivian’s elegant cachet.

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: Deep Blue Massage

Nearly ten years ago, DEEP BLUE Massage opened its doors in Fort Collins, offering beauty and innovative massages for everything from eyelashes to foot therapies. Their expertise soon made DEEP BLUE one of Northern Colorado’s preferred beauty and healing enterprises.

DEEP BLUE offered many services: Innovative massage that focused on individual needs; Specialized therapeutic and deep tissue treatments; Popular favorites, inclulding Couple’s massage, hot stone and pregnancy massage; Halotherapy (salt therapy), Deep tissue laser therapy and Ion cleanse (foot detox). Their mission was to provide therapies that allow the body to devote all of its energies to restoring itself.

Paxton Signs designed the DEEP BLUE logo first, using the serene beauty of the center’s interiors, and their use of natural sounds, as inspirations for a calming visual identity. The 4′ x 5′,  two-sided monument sign face was constructed of white acrylic Plexiglass with translucent vinyl used for letters and graphics. The surrounding blue border was created by using the sign cabinet’s existing 2″ retainer fascia. The existing pillars and pediment beam framed the sign, creating a unique, traditional composition.

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… Everyday Joe’s Coffee House – 2005

Over the years, Paxton Signs has worked with many faith-based organizations, helping them create and construct permanent signs for their local churches and gathering places, as well their attendant commercial enterprises. In 2005, Everyday Joe’s Coffee House contracted Paxton Signs to design and construct a storefront sign for their church-related business. The sign, shown below, is a single-faced sign designed by Paxton Signs, and measures 3 1/2′ x 10′.  It is fabricated from 1/2” thick MDO plywood, cut to shape, and painted with a “faux” background to suggest texture. The logo and “COFFEE HOUSE” are cutouts of High Density Urethane. The Everyday Joe’s  logo is rendered in two levels, with “COFFEE HOUSE” on one level. The letters, “COFFEE HOUSE,” are beveled around the entire perimeter of each letter. The remainder copy is rendered in premium quality, self-adhesive vinyl. All painted surfaces are finished with oil enamel or premium latex paints.

As the community outreach of Timberline Old Town in Ft. Collins, CO, Everyday Joe’s Coffee House seeks to benefit and serve their neighborhood. They started by making the best cup of coffee they could for anyone who would come through their doors, and have continued to brew quality coffee everyday since. They proudly use beans roasted by Color Coffee Roasters and Oddly Correct Coffee. The coffee house hosts concerts, community events, and art installations because they “believe in good creativity, good causes, and good work”. Everyday Joe’s is powered by 30+ volunteers who practice what they preach: Love and acceptance. They are a “community space, gathering place, events venue, art gallery, and sanctuary with coffee in their blood and service in their hearts”.

For events, space rental, volunteering, or other questions, contact Everyday Joe’s Coffee House at, http://www.everydayjoes.org/

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Heartwood Custom Woodworks

Heartwood Custom Woodworks, of Eagle, Colorado, was founded in 1992 by Carl Jordan, who literally grew up in his father’s cabinetmaking wood shop. Later, after completing a traditional apprenticeship with a German master cabinetmaker in 1983, Carl became that cabinetmaker’s partner for several years before he was inspired to open Heartwood Custom Woodworks. Today, Heartwood Custom Woodworks has an entire team of talented people who love what they do: Design engineers, highly skilled woodcraftsmen and finishers, installation specialists and office staff.

Heartwood Custom Woodworks has produced fine custom woodwork for many stunning projects in Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, and elsewhere in Colorado. Their work extends to other regions in the U.S. including, Florida, Texas, California, Utah, and Wyoming.

In 2004, Paxton Signs designed and produced the vehicle graphics for Heartwood’s delivery truck, (pictured below) an on-site production located in Eagle, Colorado on Colorado’s West Slope.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Bella Fiore

 

The Bella Fiore storefront sign was one of Paxton Signs’ most memorable projects, dating back to the late 1990s. The sign’s high-profile border was hand-carved into High Density Urethane sections that were attached to a larger 5′ x 10′ HDU panel, using traditional tools, techniques and finishes to create the appearance of historic Italian exteriors. To replicate these authentic surfaces, the unfinished base and carved elements were “distressed” with cracks and blemishes prior to color-staining and applying faux finishes. The name, “Bella Fiore,” was hand-carved to imitate worn, aged lettering, then finished in the same fashion.

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.

 

 

 

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

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY! Featuring: Alias Smith & Jones

Measuring a whopping 4′ x 6′, the Alias Smith & Jones sign is the largest residence sign in Paxton Signs’ Gallery of Signs (most residence signs top out at approximately 18″ x 36″). Not only is the sign larger than the average residence sign, it also is more elaborate, with gold leaf embellishments and hand-carved features, specifically, the stallion, carved letters, a dimensional banner, and a circular sand-blasted background.

The sign, shown below, is actually the second edition; a replacement for the first sign that was designed and built by Paxton Signs in the late 1980s, but later damaged by a delivery truck in 2009. Fortunately, for the owners, the delivery service’s insurance covered the loss of the first sign.

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! Featuring: Bryce Jewelers

The year was 2005 when Bryce Jewelers opened their store on East Hwy 34 in Loveland, Colorado. A subsidiary of Vintage Clock and Watch of Fort Collins, Bryce Jewelers provided high-end jewelry and clock and watch repair to the growing Loveland area. The store specialized in unusual timepieces, as well as unique, artistic, collectible jewelry. The building photo, below, is a representation of their storefront signage, including custom printed window awnings. Paxton Signs also designed the Bryce Jewelers logo for their fleet vehicles and other marketing uses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

IT’S THROWBACK THURSDAY!

Today’s “THROWBACK THURSDAY” sign, Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles, was designed and built by Paxton Signs in 2002. The sign was assembled using three layers of high-density urethane, shaped letters, art elements and logo, all applied to a black steel grid. Airbrushed color on the logotype added to its appeal. It was finished in oil enamel paint.

Paxton Signs also designed the Spring Creek Recumbent logo, brochures and other print needs. We managed the bicycle shop’s advertising and marketing program, including its print advertising, POP advertising and Internet advertising.

Spring Creek Recumbent Bicycles founding owner, Rob Walton, introduced recumbent cycling to northern Colorado. His positive, clever and enthusiastic business practices delighted his customers and local cycling enthusiasts. His legacy continues in the subsequent store that was renamed Rocky Mountain Recumbents.

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.

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Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

TROWBACK THURSDAY! Sullivan’s Sports Tavern

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.
 
Today’s “Throwback Thursday” sign is Sullivan’s Sports Tavern, designed and built by Paxton Signs. Constructed in the mid-1990s, the complex dimensional sign combined hand-carved letters, and hand-carved, gold leaf banner elements. The sign was constructed of MDO sign board and high-density urethane, all sealed with an oil enamel paint finish. The sports tavern also used the sign design as their logo for all of their advertising and marketing purposes.
The Sullivan’s Sports Tavern was one of the first sports bars in Fort Collins, located in the adjacent Campus West area, near Colorado State University.
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Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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