Letters and logo are HDU board on a 5-by-8-ft. aluminum fabricated structure. Logo is hand dome shaped and airbrushed, and it is finished with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint.
CNC-carved 3-by-4-ft. HDU faces mounted on PVC-clad pressure treated wood posts with fabricated PVC base sheathing and HDU/PVC crown caps. Copy and border are 23K gold leaf.
Incised copy, finished with 23K gold leaf, on 5-by-4-ft. HDU faces mounted on PVC-clad pressure treated posts with PVC base sheathing, caps, stringers and top trellis. Finished with oil-based enamel paint finish on border and scrolls.
Incised copy, finished with 23K gold leaf, on 30-by-24-in. PVC panel. Horse is hand-carved, handpainted HDU, hand painted with 1 Shot enamel. Sign panel is finished with Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane paint.
Incised copy on 6-by-4-ft. PVC faces. Copy and logo are finished with 1 Shot enamels, and the background is 3M high performance vinyl film. Posts are PVC-clad pressure treated posts with additional PVC base sheathing, stringers, caps and top trellis.
Incised copy on 3-by-2-ft. PVC panel with a high resolution Alphonse Mucha digital print. Finished with 1 Shot enamel and exterior acrylic paint.
Raised prismatic HDU letters on a 4-by-8-ft. HDU panel with black smalts background. Logo is hand carved; logo and letters are finished with 23K gold leaf.
CNC-routed 2-by-3-ft. HDU plaque with hand-carved woodgrain textured background. Bananas are hand-carved, airbrushed HDU board. It’s finished with 1 Shot enamel and exterior acrylic paint.
CNC-routed prismatic HDU letters on 4-by-6-ft. HDU faces with hand-carved woodgrain textured background with an airbrushed “sun” and hand-carved “seagull” graphic, mounted on PVC-clad pressure treated posts and caps. It’s finished with 1 Shot enamel and exterior acrylic paint.

Michael Keene

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2019

In 1975, at 20 years old, Mike Keene got engaged, married his wife and moved to Colorado—all in the space of five days. In the mountains, Mike says it was either learn a trade, get into business or starve. He and his brother had a gift shop and needed a sign.

“When we learned that a double-faced 4-by-5-ft. sign would sell for $200, we decided that was the business for us!” says Mike, laughing. “I enjoyed art and woodworking, so it looked like the best of both worlds to me.”

Mike started teaching himself the trade and later attended some of veteran sign painter Larry Albright’s union apprenticeship classes in Denver. “I had to drive down from the mountains, so I couldn’t make all the classes,” says Mike. But it was the beginning of a 45-year career and sign businesses in three states. Here’s what he told SignCraft about his current business, Woodcraft Sign Shoppe in Richmond, Virginia:


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