Sandblasting is a very effective way to create a textured 3-D surface. It is more affordable than a hand-carved sign. When I sandblast wood this will accentuate the grain and this makes an organic looking product. Sandblasted medex board results in a rough pebbly kind of background such as the sign at the A Mano restaurant in Santa Fe.

a mano trattoria Italian restaurant
a mano trattoria Italian restaurant

"a mano" translates to "by hand" in Italian. The sign at this restaurant is sandblasted medex, the hands are painted in oils and letters individually cut and affixed.

French Pastry Shop
French Pastry Shop

The French Pastry Shop at La Fonda Hotel has been a Santa Fe institution for close to 50 years. In 2020 they have undertaken an interior upgrade and are displaying a new exterior wood sign.

Bristol Family Law Office
Bristol Family Law Office

Another example of the effectiveness of natural wood grain as a background feature.

a mano trattoria Italian restaurant
a mano trattoria Italian restaurant

"a mano" translates to "by hand" in Italian. The sign at this restaurant is sandblasted medex, the hands are painted in oils and letters individually cut and affixed.

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