Daniel Ortiz has been hand-carving signs since 1978, racking up an impressive 36 years of experience. He’s been using Precision Board for about 15 of those, and has built and designed some eye-catching signs along the way that we’re interested in sharing.
He learned his craft at The Woodsmith Studio circa 1979, which was famous for it’s hand-carved wood creations and 6 week wood-carving course.
Afterwards, he got into sign making and eventually started Coastwise Design, which operated until 2009 before becoming Coastwise Design Signs & Screen Printing. Over the years he’s gained some serious insight into the sign industry.
CNC routed Precision Board Plus sign by Coastwise
As many experienced sign makers know, going from carving wood to HDU is an easy transition. According to Daniel, “My first experience with Precision Board was in 2000. I’ve found that it’s a product that truly behaves itself when you’re carving it, specifically because it has no grain. Wood tells you what it wants you to do. If you’re cutting the wrong way, it will let you know. I still enjoy carving wood, but I really enjoy watching Precision Board come to life right before my eyes.”
Precision Board Plus on top of MDO, top is Fypon decorative millwork
We asked Daniel, with his years of experience in the industry, what advice he would give to new sign makers: “My advice to someone new to the industry would be to ask a lot of questions and read all the info they can. Also, talk to manufacturers – they know their products!”
Coastwise Design Signs & Screen Printing is a full-service signshop located North, VA, and specializes in 3-D signage. Additional information can be seen at: www.coastwisedesign.com.
The following are all Precision Board Plus signs designed and crafted by Coastwise: