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575-751-0620 TAOS, NEW MEXICO

 I specialize in...

 custom woodcarvings

 hand-made furniture · burial urns

 · doors · gates

 saddle stands · sculpture · gifts




Featuring Signs, Appliqués, and carvings produced in an assortment of quality woods, hardwoods, exotic woods, and in synthetic carving media.  This carving media is made of high-density polyurethane boards (HDU) that is unlike any substrate on the market today.

For naturally finished signs wood is your only natural choice, however we have made several foam signs which have resembled both wood and driftwood.  The main advantage of a foam sign is that they are more durable then there wood counterparts. Most of the carved signs I have done over the years have been in wood.  In resent times, I have been working with both wood and synthetic carving media.

The wood most commonly used in my carved signs is sugar pine which comes from northern California and Oregon.  The only problem that I have encountered in resent years is that it is getting harder to find the quality of pine which I am use to carving on.  This is why I prefer to use the carving media when the situation warrants this.  Meaning, that the sign is going to be painted. Carving media gives me the same results as wood, the advantage is that it will not warp, crack, or check and unlike redwood (which I do not ever use) it will hold paint.

The synthetic medium lends itself well to carved, sandblasted, as well as routed sign and is more resistant to the elements then wood is.  Here are some of the advantages...

As much as I like carving wood, when it comes to a nicely carved sign which is going to be covered by layers of paint, I prefer carving the HDU media.

When carving a sign or sculpture which is going to reflect the qualities of the material, then the use of wood is the overall champ.

The conclusion here, is that usually when your sign is going to be painted, I will use the carving media unless your sign is being left natural and the wood grain is important, or where you specify your desire to have wood used.  

If you do not specify wood, I will use either pine or the carving media.  Most of my signs are still being carved in pine since I have use for the wood chips.  

Sign•Foam3 is my carving media of choice.

Finally, no matter which media I use, you are going to be getting a Terry Wolff Creation which will provide you with years of enjoyment, whether it is a work created for yourself or you are having it created for someone else.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

  • Once Painted it looks no different then a wood sign
  • Changing wording is easier then on a wood sign
  • Can be easily repaired if necessary
  • Less Weight then a wood sign means less shipping cost and easier to hang on structures
  • 100% waterproof
  • Will not wrap, split or crack
  • Unaffected by temperature
  • Will not rot or decompose
  • Is highly chemically resistant
  • ten year manufacturers product warranty

Providing the world with Exquisite Woodcarvings, doors, gates, furniture, signs and Restoration work since 1976

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