Wine Glass Ranch

wine glass ranch signPaxton Signs’ Throwback Thursday featuring Wine Glass Ranch – 2006.

When Sherman McCoy filed for a homestead in 1888, Nebraska was still part of the frontier. Having left Iowa by train, he walked the last 30 miles from the western-most stop at Elsie, Nebraska, to his new home and the home of family generations to come.

The then Lone Star Ranch homestead was the predecessor of the current Wine Glass Ranch, Inc., this week’s “Throwback Thursday featured business. It’s still a family operation. The organization is dedicated to providing clients with professional and profitable management of cattle and natural resources.

Through the decades, and through good stewardship and thrifty living, the original operation grew to almost 8,000 acres. The current operation includes farming, ranching, cattle management services and natural resource management. For landowners, Wine Glass Ranch offers farm, ranch and natural resource management. For cattle owners and investors, Wine Glass Ranch offers a vast array of cattle management services. Additionally, they offer other select cattle breeding opportunities. For more information, visit their web site at: www.wineglassranchinc.com

How We Designed and Built the Wine Glass Ranch Sign

In 2006, Paxton Signs created the Wine Glass sign. We used their logo design as its focus. We arranged the art elements to emphasize the ranch’s wine glass cattle brand. In addition, we anchored their name prominently, just below the stylized hill elements and wine glass logo. The sign’s shape was custom-cut, then sandblasted, into high-density urethane. The wine glass itself was gold-leafed. It gives the sign additional interest and appeal. As always, a triple-coat paint finish insured the sign would have a long life in Nebraska’s sometimes harsh weather conditions.

We specialize in communication art

Paxton Signs’ more than 38 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, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

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

Twin Moose Yogurt Company

twin moose yogurt company signThrowback Thursday, featuring Twin Moose Yogurt Company, Breckenridge, Colorado – 2012

At Paxton Signs, we think of our sign work as “communication art.” In contrast to harsh, overpowering, highway billboards, neon signs, or other aggressive outdoor marketing tools, we think artful design is a better option. Undoubtedly, the billboards, etc., have their places in the advertising world. However, they often are prohibited in getaways such as Colorado ski resorts and towns. As it turns out, the outdoor marketing in such areas tends to be artistic. One can walk through these business districts and enjoy an adventure in “communication art.”

Mountain communities have strict sign codes

Sign codes that regulate outdoor advertising are strictly controlled by Colorado towns and counties. Usually, this means that storefront signs must reflect tasteful, subdued appearances. They should correspond with surrounding scenic environments. As a result, Twin Moose Yogurt Company in Breckenridge, Colorado, had size and space requirements that limited their sign investment. In one respect, this was actually good for them because it minimized their per-square-foot cost. The sign restrictions also assured them that other signs in the immediate area wouldn’t overwhelm theirs. However, this created another issue: Conformity. To avoid visual repetition, Paxton Signs suggested using gold leaf on the store’s hand-carved letters. The way in which gold leaf catches light guaranteed that their sign, literally, reflected their name to passers-by. This is an advantage in the competitive tourist market. Of course, the moose motif added to the store’s cachet.

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday sign, featuring Twin Moose Yogurt Company

The Twin Moose owners provided the basic design. After a few design suggestions and revisions, the sign went to production. As mentioned above, we suggested gold leaf and color applications. Next, we sandblasted the sign’s background in HDU (high-density urethane) for added dimension. Hand-carved HDU moose and tree elements were next. Finally, we painted these elements in rich, realistic, natural colors.

For more examples of Paxton’s signs, visit us at Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/boliver0474/

Call today for your adventure 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, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, and carved signs. In addition, we offer vehicle and fleet graphics. Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

View Paxton Signs’ galleries at, www.paxtonsigns.com, or use 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

Diamond Peak Goldsmiths

throwback thursday featuring diamond peak goldsmiths Throwback Thursday at Paxton Signs,  Featuring Diamond Peak Goldsmiths – 2004.

In the sign industry – basically, in all outdoor advertising – simple is better. When designing an interesting, effective sign, less is more. Although most businesses would like the biggest sign possible, city and county sign codes dictate the size and installation of commercial signs.  Local preservation committees usually have the final say in how businesses advertise their wares and services. This is especially true in historic areas. Such is the case in Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado. Here, every linear square foot of storefront earns two square feet in total sign size. City codes also determine where the sign is placed. Because of so many restrictions, most store owners opt for simple, artistic sign design. One such sign is our work for this week’s Throwback Thursday featuring Diamond Peak Goldsmiths.

How we made this week’s Throwback Thursday, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths Sign

In 2004, Diamond Peak Goldsmiths liked the idea of contrasting shimmering gold against a flat black background. It was an attention-getting option for their sandblasted, oval sign.  Paxton Signs designed the sign to showcase “Goldsmiths”. We used dimensional, domed, gold leaf for the script. We added lovely jade green paint on the border and on the store’s name. Finally, we designed a custom-made, steel, swing-arm support. We painted it in flat black. The dark background gave the sign a beautiful contrast.

Diamond Peak Goldsmiths relocated their business in 2009 to the northwest side of Fort Collins. Paxton Signs designed a new sign for that location, as well. Visit their web site at: http://diamondpeakgold.com

We provide a continuous variety of 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, signs made from recycled wood, hand-painted signs, and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics.  Paxton Signs provides a continuous variety of communication art, serving 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 Lamp Post Lodge

throwback thursday featuring the lamp post lodge signLocated in historic Custer County, Colorado, our Throwback Thursday Lamp Post Lodge sign is in the town of Westcliffe. The town is home to an abundance of passionate stargazers. While there are several awe-inspiring stargazing spots in the area, the Lamp Post Lodge offers “dark-sky” mountain lodging in the heart of the Wet Mountain Valley, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It boasts crisp linens, cozy atmosphere, fresh mountain air, majestic panoramic views, and, of course, those stars!

The Lamp Post can accommodate individuals or group events, offering the entire hotel property for large gatherings. It’s a convenient short walk from Westcliffe’s Main Street. Visit their web site at: http://www.lamppostlodge.com.throwback thursday featuring the lamp post lodge photo

Here’s how we produced this week’s Throwback Thursday Lamp Post Lodge sign:

In 2011, Paxton Signs designed the Lamp Post Lodge sign remotely, via the Internet. We’ve never had the pleasure of personally meeting the owners, Dick and Barb Jones. However, because they are serious business owners and community leaders, working with them on-line and in phone conversations made our collaboration smooth and seamless.

Paxton Signs produced the 2-sided highway sign in-house, sizing MDO signboard plywood to fit within the Lodge’s existing brick piers. We designed the sign to be dimensional. We did this by featuring the lamp post graphic on a raised surface. The dark blue background highlights the word “Lodge.” The sign’s colors blend nicely with the brick piers. We double-coated all the surfaces with high-quality, outdoor latex paint. This was necessary to withstand the sign’s exposed location.

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

FEATURED BUSINESS LuLu Asian Bistro

Featured Business Lulu Asian Bistro signThis week’s featured business, LuLu Asian Bistro, is unique. You won’t find lengthy descriptions of menu items. Instead, the Bistro fills its website menu with large, colorful, photos of their incomparable Asian fare. Whether it’s sushi, broccoli or sweet and sour, one look at their on-line menu and you will promptly choose the “order online” feature. Of special interest is their Asian Platter selection. In addition, their All Day Menu, Authentic Chinese Menu, and popular Lunch Menu are always in demand. This is how all restaurants should display their menus!  That is, with large photos of tempting dishes you can almost taste! Visit LuLu Asian Bistro at: https://info781961.wixsite.com/luluasianbistro/menus

How we Made the sign for this week’s Featured Business, Lulu Asian Bistro

In 2007, Paxton Signs had the pleasure of creating LuLu Asian Bistro’s dimensional storefront sign. We created the simple, tasteful background design by using black, powder-coated, custom-cut aluminum. We hand-carved the “LuLu” letters in high-density urethane, followed by gilding them in gold leaf. Finally, we router-cut the letters, “Asian” and “Bistro,” in red acrylic. Ultimately, the combination of these materials make the LuLu sign durable and weather-resilient. The sign is still in use today – 12 years later – with little fading or change in its overall appearance.

We offer a continuous variety of 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 and lighted signs. Our specialty is making signs from recycled wood, as well as hand-painted and carved signs. We also offer vehicle and fleet graphics. Paxton Signs offers a continuous variety of communication art. We serve Fort Collins, northern Colorado, and surrounding mountain communities.

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

Featured Business Kirk’s Fly Shop

featured business Kirk's Fly Shop signThis week’s Featured Business, Kirk’s Fly Shop, sign 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 are more colorful and better executed.

Paxton Signs has produced signs for Kirk’s Fly Shops 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, www.kirksflyshopgrandlake.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

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