What better creature to name a tramping hut after than the Morepork. The birds wildness and beauty sums up everything you want from a hike, so I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to carve this wooden sign. I am really happy with how the icon of the Ruru turned out and believe it will get better as the wood ages .
This was a large piece of wood to work with, the Morepork being close to life-size. I blacked-out the lettering to make the text that much stronger and stayed away from using colors to preserve the natural tones of the sign and its environment.
I think its great to see wooden signs are still so striking in the age of digital printing. We design and hand carve each wooden sign after a consultation with you and provide a progress report as we begin carving to check we are all on the same page, especially with spelling. There is no control-z in wood carving. The size can vary from a palm sized sign above the door to your batch, to a half tonne wooden sign to display your vineyard.