Lettering is aluminum leaf with yellow transparent color glaze on 3-by-12-ft. high density urethane panel. Flowers are hand carved, and border is real rust with copper leaf ornaments.
Tom Siebert
4-by-8-ft. HDU sign with ¾-in. Sintra PVC letters with copper leaf borders with patina background and rust borders done with Sophisticated Finishes metallic finishes. Edge of sign is ¼-in. PVC board formed to the oval.
Lettering is 23k gold leaf and paint on carved 4-by-4-ft. HDU panel, with black smalts panel behind Rugs. Genie is hand carved, and horizontal ornament is finished with gold mica powder. Bottom border is glass marbles.
Channel letters with LED internal components
3-by-4-ft. HDU sign with copper leaf on tree and black smalts background on lower panels. Tasting Room panel is a hand-formed arch that is raised 4-in. in the center.
Carved 4-by-6-ft. HDU panel finished with 23k gold leaf and acrylic paint. Rose is hand carved.
Painted raised letters with 23k gold leaf border on 4-by-5-ft. HDU panel with a wood grain background painted with acrylic paint.
4-by-12-ft. HDU panel finished with 23k gold leaf and acrylic paint.
6-by-6-ft. sign with stacked elements of HDU board; hog head, scissors, razor and barber poles are hand carved. Finished with 23k gold leaf and acrylic paint, with pearl mica powder on pole tops.
Avila - moonstones
Hand painted graphics with digital print of farm scene on 7-by-8-ft. overlaid plywood panel
Dave & Robin

Follow-up: David and Robin McDonald

Arroyo Grande, California

By signcraft

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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Robin and David McDonald were first featured in the July/August 1993 issue of SignCraft. They opened Avila Sign & Design in 1985 with the plan to build the business on custom sign work with an emphasis on design. That approach has kept them busy in their small town on the California coast, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. SignCraft caught up with Robin at the shop one busy afternoon

So Avila Sign & Design has a new home since the last feature in SignCraft.

Yes—we recently moved to a new shop. So the biggest change here has been the move from Grover Beach, the next town to our east, to Arroyo Grande. We’ve been building and getting adjusted to the new space for the past couple of years. The shop is about 2,000 sq. ft. and is next to our home. We have a log cabin near the beach, which is pretty unique, and it makes a really great sign shop setup.

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