Oct 23, 2018 | Gold Leaf Hand Carved Hand Painted Signs | 0 comments

custom repair and refurbishing large eagle

The large, duplicate, 6 ft., hand-carved eagle

Occasionally, we’re asked to repair not only signs, but also wood art and other outdoor items damaged by UV exposure, weather or vandalism. Because custom service is part of Paxton Signs’ business model, custom repairs and refurbishing are interesting, although sometimes challenging. For example, a recent project involved a retired Navy captain and his beloved carved, wooden eagle. The eagle was quite old, weathered, and in need of TLC.

His question: Could we repair the eagle that needed new wing tips and then freshen and refinish it after years of outdoor exposure? Further, could we create a replica TWICE the size of the original, say, 6 feet across?

Yes, yes and yes.

How we refurbished the Navy captain’s eagle

Even though we prefer to use more exact carving techniques, the goal of the project was to repair the eagle, then duplicate it twice the original size, honoring the original artist’s vision and workmanship. Because the original eagle was old, its finish was the first consideration. If we used the wrong refinishing product, we could make the result worse than the original. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to determine the original finish. As a result, we decided to use paint and faux techniques to restore its appearance.

The wing tips required repair. We prepared the original surface for new replacements by sanding and shaping the area to accept the new tips. These were also shaped, then carved and glued to the prepared surface. Once painted, the repair was invisible.

The captain was thrilled with the finished large replica, pictured above. It will grace his property entrance. The smaller, original eagle will be displayed close by.

The custom repair and refurbishing process. Top: Original eagle.  Center: Wingtip repair.  Bottom: Finished wingtips.

custom repairs and refurbishing eagle topview

custom repair and refurbishing eagle wingtip

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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 for Fort Collins, northern Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.

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