Fabricated Metal Signs

Our signature style signs use a stainless steel foreground, for visual depth set out in front of a Cor-Ten® or steel back, TIG welded and brush finished for a clean, uniform appearance. Our signature signs typically feature a natural finish requiring no maintenance, that weathers slowly and attractively over decades.

Cor-Ten weathers to a distinctive orange rust color and is an architectural favorite. Mild steel achieves a similar result at lower cost, more brown than orange, usually discernible only to a trained eye. Sign backs are typically 1/8" to 1/4" thick, depending on the size, application and budget. Backs can be pre-rusted, but are usually installed raw and left to weather naturally.

Sign faces are typically 3/32" to 1/8" thick stainless steel, TIG welded and finished with joinery invisible from the front, then treated with a horizontal brush finish to best catch the light. Signs can attach to walls, to steel or wood posts, can hang from chain or wire rope, whatever best suits the application.

Back to Signs - Intro

Our favorite to date, the Pirates sign at Vashon High School fills a 7' height x 10' width in two panels, TIG welded brushed stainless steel spaced out in front of Cor-Ten backs. The welding was done by Stephen Cooper, VHS '2011.

The panels attach to Unistrut with floating nut plates; the 'strut is in turn anchored in the grout joints in the wall.

Bob was part of the informal group that led to PSCCU opening its Vashon branch in 2011; we made their ATM sign essentially as a gift. We worked from PSCCU's CAD model, and on realizing the logo was originally conceived in 3D, Bob was inspired to render it faithfully in 3D. The components are waterjet cut, then machined for the 38 blind fasteners that attach them individually from inside the reinforced wall.

FamilyLink the day of installation, before any weathering of the Cor-Ten. Our post-mounted signs feature our signature CNC machined saddle clamps.

The Dockton sign installed in 2010 was the first of our signature style, featuring 1/8" stainless steel letters and figures TIG welded on 1" standoffs in front of a 1/4" steel back.

VHS's 21' long main sign was fabricated in four sections in 1/4" Cor-Ten and 1/8" stainless steel. To help determine the installation location, the sign was mocked up cut in plywood, zip-tied to T-posts.

Chris Ezzell designed this modular sign with fixed aluminum letters and dividers, and removable/replaceable Cor-Ten panels for the individual tenants. The back is powder coated aluminum, with stainless PEM nuts for the tenant panels.

Ventana's sign in West Seattle mixes stainless steel and negative space figures. Given the building's wall color, the client suggested using it for the sunrise cutout, backlit at night.

These letters were cut in 1/4" mild steel and then flash-rusted with matching screws.

The only metal here is the frame around it. This is another Elaine Summers tile mosaic piece, hand set around simple waterjet-cut floor tile pieces for the letters and kitty.

This is Bob's most expedient style of contrasting metal signs, an experiment in low-cost sign fabrication. The letters are 16 gage stainless in mill finish, fastened to a 16 gage rusted steel back using long POP rivets through aluminum spacers - no welding and almost no finishing.