Beautiful Signs for a Better Planet
Live edge wood keeps one or more edges of a piece of lumber unfinished so you see the grain and shape of the wood just as it was under the bark. This increases the natural feel of a piece of furniture, or in our case, a facility signs.
Here is a piece of live edge of timber:
This is live edge walnut, resting on top of the S4S aspen we use for most Green Dot signs. Note the bark is still attached for some of the lumber length.
We purchase live edge wood from lumber yards in the Twin Cities, taking care to ensure the wood fits the particular needs of a client’s sign package. Common criteria include wood thickness, which edge(s) will be live, grain and knot patterning, tightness of grain, and the availability of enough wood to complete a signage project uniformly. I prefer choosing the left side of a sign as the live edge because this is where the eye is drawn and it creates a “soft” visual landing.
When making room and directional signs, we may be able to utilize only 50% of a given piece of wood for raised braille signage due to 3D printed braille limitations. We can use remaining wood for wayfinding signs or directories. During a project’s launch, the other criteria we set with clients are size and color of number/text copy, live edge wood species, and location of numbers/text on signs. We suggest having the sign blank height and number/text copy location be uniform on each piece, and let the wood guide the rest.
Here is a photo of a finished room number sign made from the piece of timber pictured above:
And close ups so you can see the grain and transition point from live edge to planed office sign face.
If you’re interested in live edge signage, send a message via the Custom Sign Form and we’ll be in touch!