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Custom engraved wooden signs and gifts, personalized carved wood signs and gifts, for your home and garden from Rocky Knob Woodcrafts


To place an order for an outdoor sign (CLICK HERE).

About Our Outdoor Signs:

We offer two varieties of outdoor signs, natural wood and painted Extira (exterior grade MDF).

The standard natural wood options that we offer are Mahogany and Cypress.


There are many flavors of Mahogany; the lumber, in the Mahogany family, that we use is called Sapele. Sapele contains an interlocking grain that produces light and dark ribbon stripes throughout the boards. Because of this tight grain, much finer detail can be carved into it without the fear of chipping.
CLICK HERE for a Mahogany sign with black cuts
CLICK HERE for a Mahogany sign with unpainted cuts


The Cypress color tends to be a light, yellowish brown, sapwood is nearly white and some boards can have scattered pockets of darker wood that have been attacked by fungi, which is sometimes called pecky cypress. The result of the lighter colors combined with painted cuts is a sign with great contrast. Cypress has a straight grain and medium to coarse texture, it carves more cleanly with less chipping than Cedar. It carves larger, bolder text (Bookman Old Style font for example) very well, but does not do as well when it comes to fine detail (Curlz is not a good font for Cypress).  Cypress is rated as being durable to moderately durable in regards to decay resistance.    Cypress with unpainted cuts is not an option.
CLICK HERE for a Cypress sign with black cuts


Cuts Painted Vs Unpainted
This option simply improves the contrast of your outdoor Mahogany sign. Because the grain in the Mahogany is so tight it is difficult for the finish to soak in so you will notice very little difference in the contrast. Painting the cuts black dramatically improves the contrast allowing your sign to be easily read from a greater distance.  Cypress  with unpainted cuts is not an option.


Painted Extira (Exterior Grade MDF)
MDF stands for medium-density fiberboard, and CMI makes an amazing exterior grade version of it called Extira (CLICK HERE for more information about this product). We have signs that have been exposed to the elements year around for over six years and are showing no signs of deterioration. We offer two options for these signs. Option 1) we paint the Extira surface the color of your choice (black, blue, burgundy, cream, or green) then carve your sign. The cuts are the color of the material. Option 2) we carve your sign into the unpainted Extira then paint all of the cuts black so the surface of the sign is the color of the material. A third option, not listed on our site, is our "cut and ship" option. Here we simply carve the unpainted material and ship it to you and let you do the painting. This is our least expensive option; please contact us if this is something in which you are interested. The two edge options we offer are primitive and plain. With the plain edge we do nothing, with the primitive, we use a sander to remove the paint around the edge. The two things this accomplishes is, it frames your sign, and it hides any imperfections that are caused if the sign gets dropped. Probably 98% of the painted Extira signs we sell are shipped with primitive option option.
CLICK HERE to order an outdoor painted Extira sign


How To Hang
All of our signs have keyholes cut in the back so it will hang flush aginst a wall, but for an additional $5.00 we will attach a decorative chain

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Rocky Knob Woodcrafts
508 Overlook Heights Lane
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
(740) 253-8492