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2 4 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G S H O P T A L K The straps were through-bolted, but all other parts were secured with stainless screws that were powder coated to match. The sign would be allowed to naturally age and turn gray, but a sealer was still used to control the process. The sealer is applied with a brush to all sides of each board and their ends. Large antique furniture clamps were used to hold the boards snugly together while the straps were put in place and bolted to permanently hold the boards together. Eye screws were secured by the top strap bolt, then using a pattern, each letter and logo part was set into place. The cow's head graphic involved a number of small parts that were a bit fun to keep up with during the pro- cess. Using the pattern, parts were located and pilot holes were drilled. Then the pattern was removed in piec- es as parts were permanently screwed in place. Though locat- ed 100 miles away, the cli- ent arrived at the shop within two hours of being called. The next day he sent this photo of the installed sign, which will slowly turn gray to match the supporting structure.

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