Hand-carved 4-by-12-ft. HDU architectural carving for a residence
Sign and mounting design, using the client’s logo. Sign is 3-ft. in diameter and mounting is 7-ft. tall. “I wanted to use the mounting to create a presence, because the sign is really just a circle. A hanger can bring a sign to life.”
Design for a sign Shane will be making soon.
CNC-cut letters on 2-by-5-ft. HDU panel with a custom steel hanger; designed by Shane and fabricated by a sign company.
“I built this 12-ft.-tall HDU sign structure years ago,” says Shane, “and refitted it with their new branding.”
Hand-carved, gilded lettering on a 30-in.-by-10-ft. HDU panel
15-ft.-tall wall sign, designed and painted by Shane
Beer can packaging designed by Shane. “I think packaging is like sign crafting. These cans are just small signs—they just happen to have liquid in them.”
Examples of branding for a gourmet food company that is used across their packaging, marketing and promotional items.
Monument sign designed by Shane, with CNC production outsourced to a sign shop
Hand carved on 10-in.-by-8-ft. western red cedar panel that is 6-in deep and inset into a log on a custom log home
Carved western red cedar door themed on the traditional Inuit Dancing Bear legend
Shane Durnford

Shane Durnford

Creemore, Ontario, Canada

By signcraft

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

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Shane’s work was first featured in the July/ August 1999 issue of SignCraft and in many articles—and on several of our covers—after that. His brand of beautiful 3D signs are unique and powerfully appealing. After an eight-year hiatus from sign making, he is back at it again, with new energy for the work that has always been so satisfying to him.

Leaving the business: I closed my studio in 2009 and was out of sign work until just last year. I loved the work, but I had just sort of burned out on it. I needed a break. From there I started doing exclusively graphic design—mostly branding for small and medium-sized businesses—but not making any of the signs. I moved to Toronto and did a lot of work with breweries and vineyards, creating brands, developing websites and doing package design.

I really enjoyed that, but I missed the sign business. And I was designing signs for people, but they couldn’t find anyone to make them. I could see there was a market there.

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