Kirk’s Fly Shop

Aug 15, 2019 | Painted Non-dimensional Signs | 0 comments

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This week’s featured business, Kirk’s Fly Shop, started with a great logo. Its fine design contributed to one of the most colorful signs we’ve ever produced. With overall dimensions of 5′ x 6′, the two-sided, Kirk’s Fly Shop sign required multiple layers of paint, all applied by hand. This included the hand-carved,  hand-painted trout, and the raised, hand-carved letters. The background was custom-cut from plywood. We formed the trout and letters from high-density urethane. Because the sign was two-sided, every cut and paint stroke had to be applied twice. This included the intricate border detail, a mountain scene illustration, and the fly and trout elements. It was a time-consuming endeavor. The project required ample time for each layer of paint to dry before applying the next.

Hand-painted signs are more popular than ever

Hand-painted signs are in demand now because of their durability and attractive aesthetic. Forget unwieldy, overlapping vinyl layers with harsh edges. Hand-painting achieves multiple, seamless layers. Additionally, intricate designs and artistic details, such as in the Kirk’s Fly Shop sign, are more colorful and better executed.

Paxton Signs has produced signs for Kirk’s Fly Shop in Estes Park as well as this latest sign, above, for their store in Grand Lake, Colorado. They are a full-service fishing experience, both in gear selection and trip outings. Visit their website at,

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

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