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David’s design area includes dual monitors, which he finds to be a real timesaver.
Here's the sales area...
...and the workroom...
...and the carving bench.
Two 1½-in. HDU faces sandwiching a frame of square aluminum tubing. The outside borders are ¾-in. HDU added on. The pigs in the barrels are carved from three layers of 2-in. HDU laminated together. The lettering is prism carved 1-in. HDU added on. The sign is finished with Pittsburgh exterior acrylic paint and 23K gold leaf.
Two 1½-in. HDU faces sandwiching a ½-in. overlaid plywood core with mahogany pieces to accept the hardware. McDougall Bros. is prism carved from 1-in. HDU, added on. The excavator is carved from 2-in. HDU. 750 ovals are 1½-in. HDU add-ons. The sign is finished with exterior acrylic paint and 23K gold leaf. Posts are pressure-treated 6-by-6s with PVC sleeves and caps.
“The small carvings of the Pickled Pig and the excavator are about 8-in. tall,” says David. “Carving the excavator at this small size was a challenge.” Once they were scanned on the 3D scanner and used to produce the full-size graphics on the CNC router, David hand carved the additional details.
Two 1½-in. HDU faces sandwiching a ½-in. overlaid plywood core and mahogany pieces to accept the hardware. Town seals, scrolls, Headquarters panels and 32 ovals are all HDU add-ons in varying thicknesses. David carved a small version of the center of the town seal and one of the scrolls and scanned them, ran them on the CNC and cleaned them up by hand. All other lettering and borders are v-carved. The sign is finished with exterior acrylic paint and 23K gold leaf.
Two 1½-in. HDU faces sandwiching a ½-in. overlaid plywood core. The hangers are built into the panel. Scrolls and vessel are HDU add-ons in varying thicknesses. David carved a small version of each of them and scanned them, carved them on the CNC router then cleaned them up by hand. The sign is finished with exterior acrylic latex paint and 23K gold leaf.
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Designer at work: David Hassan

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

With roots in Colonial times and classic maritime signs and graphics, Cohasset, Massachusetts, has a rich history of carved graphics. Decades ago, it fueled David Hassan’s interest in wood carving, and carved signs in particular. Now 68, David has 47 years in the sign business behind him, doing all types of painted, vinyl, printed and carved signs.

David’s work has appeared in SignCraft many times since his first profile in 1994. Here we get a look inside his shop, and hear about his equipment and resources.

Computers/software: We have three HP PCs and we use CADlink design software. We have a 30-in. Graphtec plotter. I’ve been using CADlink since the very first version. It’s a great program and has so many features that I use all the time.


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