Wild Side Smoke Shop

featured business wild side smoke shop signThis week’s Featured Business, Wild Side Smoke Shop, needed a 1960’s look. They wanted retro lettering for their lighted storefront sign. We found “Hip Pocket,” a typeface that is both bold and 60’s retro. With a little font manipulation to improve readability, the design was ready for production.

We channel-lettered the shop’s name with LED illumination.  We covered both the letters and banner in tomato-red vinyl, creating a bright, commanding presence both day and night. Fabrication was by Tom Meyer at Accent Signs, Loveland, Colorado. Check out Paxton Signs’ storefront signs and other boards on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Pines

throwback thursday the pines signThis week’s Throwback Thursday, The Pines, features two multi-family properties. Apartment living has been booming in the Fort Collins area since the turn of the 20th century. Consequently, during 2008,  Monarch Investments acquired two multi-family properties: The Pines at Southmoor, in Greeley, and Ramblewood Apartments in Fort Collins. Both apartment communities offer similar amenities. For example, bus transportation is available to local universities and city-wide destinations. In addition, swimming pools, weight training facilities, and open areas are available for socializing.

How we made the signs for The Pines and Ramblewood Apartments

We presented several sign design ideas to Monarch Investments. The company decided to use the same design format for both apartment sites. They wanted a design that would effectively identify their brand. That is, one that both apartment locations could share in shape, size, base and end-post treatment.  The signs were sandblasted into high-density urethane. They feature hand-painted art elements, and are triple-coated to withstand Colorado’s weather extremes. Individually hand-carved, gold leaf letters draw attention to each apartment complex name. throwback thursday ramblewood signWhen lined up back-to-back, each two-sided sign shares a metal finish cap that color-matches its borders and posts. The signs are still in use at both the Greeley and Fort Collins locations. Visit The Pines website at: www.thepinesatsouthmoor.com. Visit the Ramblewood website at: www.ramblewoodapartmenthomes.com

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

Saint Peter’s Fly Shop

saint peter's fly shop signThrowback Thursday! St. Peter’s Fly Shop sign features classic, hand-crafted sign making. Included are hand-carved art elements, sandblasted surfaces, gold leaf, hand-painting and custom design.

For hundreds of years, the ethereal quality of fly fishing was admired by many but experienced by few. Recently, the sport has captured the interest of traditional lake and stream fishermen and women. In addition, determined novices have thrown in their lines. It’s a centuries-old pastime that has become a 21st century passion. Devotees write books, produce blogs and videos. These efforts offer fly techniques and encouragement. Sometimes, they open fine fly fishing shops. Such is the case with St. Peter’s Fly Shop. Visit their excellent website at, https://stpetes.com/

How we made the Throwback Thursday St. Peter’s Fly Shop sign

In 2006, Paxton Signs designed and built St. Peter’s two-sided sign. The sign was for their location near Old Town, Fort Collins. The owners wanted to highlight the quality of their products and services. In addition, they wanted communicate the artistic merits of the sport. That called for a realistic, hand-carved, hand-painted, greenback cutthroat trout. As it turned out, St. Pete’s already had a well-designed logomark, one that lent style and interest to the sign. Paxton Signs paired these elements onto a high-density urethane background. We custom-shaped the background, then sandblasted it for dimension. We triple-coated it in elegant hues of teal. The sign features St. Peter’s name recessed in gold leaf. We placed that on a striking black oval. Matching ornate posts finished the design, complementing the sign’s color scheme.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Tricycle Creations

throwback thursday tricycle creations signArtists, artisans and art patrons are always a pleasure to work with when designing and building a sign. Our Throwback Thursday Tricycle Creations sign was that kind of experience.

Whether whimsical or sophisticated, the gallery offered a variety of mediums. This included sculpture, paintings and drawings. Their appreciation for creative artistic expression influenced the outcome of our collaboration.

How we made the Throwback Thursday Tricycle Creations sign

Seventeen years ago (2002), the gallery owners contacted Paxton Signs. They wanted a sign that showcased the quality and scope of their inventory. As a result, they chose a hand-crafted, gold-leafed, sandblasted sign. It would be a sign that was as artful as the creations displayed in their gallery. We enhanced the sign’s deep blue background by using subtle, raised filigree. A hand-painted, antique tricycle gave the piece a playful cachet. Finally, we added raised, gold leaf letters. We custom-cut the high-density urethane background panel. By doing this, the panel’s unusual shape attracted the eye. The end product was a sign that was unique and original.

See more of our hand-crafted signs on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Deer Crest Resort

throwback thursday deer crest resortThe north entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is also the location of our Throwback Thursday, Deer Crest Resort sign. The beautiful Colorado mountain lodge is on Fall River Road. It is just a few minutes from the world-famous Park.

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

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday Deer Crest Resort sign

Paxton Signs constructed the two-sided Deer Crest sign in 2007.  The 6′ x 10′ sign features a graduated, recessed background. We designed it with elevated art elements and prismatic letters. We hand-carved and hand-painted the deer art elements. They were then mounted on an illustrated mountain scene. In addition, we hand-carved and gold-leafed the featured letters, “DEER CREST.” As with all Paxton signs, we designed the Deer Crest sign to tolerate extreme temperatures. We did this by triple-coating exterior paint. Additionally, we engineered the two-sided sign to withstand high-wind events.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY North Park Visitor’s Center

throwback thursday north park visitor's center signOur Throwback Thursday, North Park Visitor’s Center sign dates back to the late 1980s. Located near Walden, Colorado, the sign was one of Paxton Signs first creations. It featured the hallmarks of our business: Effective communication art, fine craftsmanship and dependable customer service.

As mentioned, we created the sign in the late 1980s. This was before the Internet became an everyday reality. It took many phone conversations and consultations to make the sign happen.  You can see more of Paxton Signs’ communication art on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

How we made the Throwback Thursday North Park Visitor’s Center sign

We custom-shaped and sandblasted the dimensional sign in high-density urethane. This included the large front text panel. We built it to last decades in the harsh North Park climate by triple-coating it with exterior paint. Finally, we engineered it to withstand high-wind loads and extreme temperatures.

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Abby’s Ark

throwback thursday abby's ark sign photo

This week’s Throwback Thursday, Abby’s Ark sign featured interesting metallic finishes. As its name suggested, Abby’s Ark gift store contained unique gifts. They had a global selection of educational, captivating and entertaining items. Many items were not available in a then increasing number of large “box” stores. Eventually, Abby’s Ark was absorbed by Nature’s Own Science and Nature Store in the early 2000s. However, the Ark’s legacy lives on. It was one of Fort Collins’ first and finest curiosity and educational gift stores. Abby’s Ark was located in Old Town Fort Collins.

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday Abby’s Ark sign

Paxton Signs designed the Ark’s sign in the 1990s by using wordplay. The shape of the sign was an “arc”- simple, appealing and highly visible. It emphasized the store’s name, Abby’s Ark. We cut the shaped background from high-density urethane. It featured hand-carved end pieces adorned in variegated copper. The letters were in gold leaf. Overall, the metallic finishes highlighted the dark blue background.

See more of Paxton Signs’ communication art at Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Tapestries by Shanne

throwback thursday tapestries by shanne signThrowback Thursday Tapestries by Shanne was one of Paxton Signs’ first dimensional signs, dating back to 1987. But, first, a brief note about Shanne Hilleman. She still designs tapestries, or Soft Media as she calls her craft. Fiber arts continue to be her main focus. However, as an accomplished musician, she also teaches piano and pursues other skills and interests. For example, she practices courtroom steno writing, art education, and Spanish and social issues. You can find her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanne-hilleman-73125920

How we made the Throwback Thursday Tapestries by Shanne sign

We designed Tapestries by Shanne in 1987. It measured approximately 4′ x 2.5′. We custom-shaped and sandblasted it in high density urethane. For emphasis, we hand-painted the background surface in a deep blue, faux finish.  Darker shading surrounded the different groupings of cream-white letters. Rust and orange trim grounded the dark blue background, adding a colorful contrast. You can view more of Paxton Signs’ sandblasted signs at Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY Vintage Clock

throwback thursday vintage clock signThe Throwback Thursday Vintage Clock & Watch antiques sign is undoubtedly a “sign of the times.”  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. However, the majority of these age groups began moving into smaller homes. This resulted in them selling their antiques to accommodate downsizing. Unfortunately, it had a snowball effect on the antiques market. With the increased supply and less demand, antique prices plummeted. Interestingly, even with reduced prices, the historic items wouldn’t sell and probably won’t for some time. Finally, another contributing factor is the shift in current interior-design “open-space” trends. Eventually, Vintage Clock and Watch Repair had to eliminate antiques from their business model.

How we made Vintage Clocks & Watch Antiques sign

Paxton Signs designed the Vintage antiques sign using retro-era graphics.  We custom-cut its shape and used vertically-stacked letters for ANTIQUES. Finally, we air-brushed and hand-painted the design in attractive shades of green.  The store displayed the sign at their entrance from 1997 to the early 2000s. Since then, Vintage Clock & Watch moved to various other locations.

In an interesting twist, the sign shown in the photo 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 our offer.

See more of Paxton Signs’ Communication Art at Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY The Inn

throwback thursday the inn signThe Inn at City Park is no longer open for guests. However, as a private home, it still graces a beautiful tree-lined avenue in Fort Collins. This week’s Throwback Thursday The Inn sign designates this rare 1930’s foursquare structure. It was transformed into an American farmhouse-styled bed and breakfast in the early 2000s. The original home was built in 1935 and updated in 2005. As a result, the refurbishment complemented the structure’s original era architecture. In addition, it featured a serene park-like setting within minutes of historic Old Town Fort Collins.

The Inn at City Park offered five elegantly designed guest rooms. Additionally, throughout the structure, hardwood floors highlighted the beauty and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Then, beautiful landscaping and gardens provided a quiet place to get away from it all. Finally, the large, wrap-around porch offered views of the city’s historic park and golf course. It was a lovely setting for conversation, refreshment, or contemplation.throwback thursday the inn photo

 

How we made the sign for Throwback Thursday The Inn

In 2005, Paxton Signs designed the Inn’s two-sided sign. We wanted it 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.) Next, the address and the bed and breakfast tagline finished off the design. We shaped the background panels from medium-density signboard. We painted them to correspond with the Inn’s exterior colors. The streetcar was formed from medium-density signboard, then hand-painted. Finally, we added the gold-leafed letters, hand-carved in high-density urethane.

Check out our design boards on Pinterest at, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/boards/

We specialize in Communication Art!

Paxton Signs’ more than 39 year history includes hundreds of signs. Some are major monument signs, some small business signs. We’ve created ranch signs, lighted signs and signs made from recycled wood. We specialize in hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art to Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at www.paxtonsigns.com, or by using the menu bar, above. Contact us at 970-221-5519

Paxton Signs – Crafted Signs – Plain or Fancy

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