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Concrete feels good

Posted by Mark I on Friday, January 27, 2012, In : Residential house number 

Starting out on the 3 hour routing job.


With the quick rough pass complete, it's time for the 1/8" ball nose to carve some details.



Even though the machine does a lot of work, the details are still finalized by hand.


... when the concrete goes in the ground, it's like you just have one more page until you reach then end of a chapter in a good book... it's almost over, and when it comes to a close the next chapter will be right there staring you in the face... like today (but I get ahead of mysel...
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20 Years already?

Posted by Mark I on Saturday, January 21, 2012, In : More about Us 

An early 'logo' sticker that I identified our signs with before delivering them. This was in early 1991.



When we officially incorporated in 1992, 'Signs of Life' came from my relationship with the Paramedical field... Made sense then as a cutesy play on the relationship. Pretty quickly it felt more like a description of what kind of work we did- Signs of LIFE- signs you see everyday...




The name needed 'something', and a paintbrush was the answer. (?) This worked for a few years.





This version of ...
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Paint is the magic step

Posted by Mark I on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Residential house number 
..signs always swell with life once the paint goes on. Paint covers differences in base finish, texture and substrates- it ties the project together- and that's just what happened in this case - although it wasn't an uneventful walk in the park getting there...

As I take you through this, keep in mind that this is an experimental project. An idea, sold to a willing (informed) customer at a great price that offers me the opportunity to take extra time and try new ideas... Paint being one of tho...
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Becoming more bombproof every step

Posted by Mark I on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, In : Residential house number 

Early on, with the steel frame and thin rod welded together that would provide the framework for the lath, that would support the concrete. (the lath is already complete on the vertical post)



So this house number project has turned into a great learning experience for me. You'll recall back in October I picked a few great ideas for new sign concepts up in Canada at a workshop.... The steel-and-concrete sign concept has been in the works too long from the customers perspective (thanks for your ...
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Free Signs (!?)

Posted by Mark I on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : More about Us 
A couple of years ago, a local restauranteur approached me to erect a new sign for his (new) business. His assertion was that he could provide me an opportunity to promote my business by placing a sign above his door. He assured me that he would talk it up and tell everyone who made his sign. There was a catch... He wanted to trade: I create a $2,000 sign and install it, and in return he would 'give me' the exposure.

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Sometimes a response escapes me, and it sure did that day- I just had to s...
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That lasted for about a week, and now...

Posted by Mark I on Friday, January 6, 2012, In : More about Us 


..back to some cool signs!

I should write about 'slow' stretches of our schedule more often. Three days after I posted the last entry about what I do when it's slow, the slow ended.

It's really a double edged sword- so many days I say I'd love to have a week or two of no work scheduled, to get some of my own projects completed... Then the slow week arrives and I'm up at night wondering what the next day will hold- and how the bank account will look as a result, and you know what I mean if you o...
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Signs of Life, Inc   Estes Park, Colorado   (970) 586-6995 

... meet the signmaker


Mark Igel It all started in 1992, I was working full time as a Paramedic and made a few signs on the side. The word got out, so I made a few more... People will pay me to make signs? I was in! This business is an exciting creative outlet that has allowed me to use cutting edge technology and release the ideas from inside my head- while offering effective signs to our customers. Today alongside my wife Kelly, we're doing our best to raise 7 children from 8-17 years old. I continue to volunteer with the Fire District, and enjoy Scouts with our sons.