Pleasing Signs From Paducah: Keeping The Hand-carved Tradition Alive

Rob Estes, of Brushstroke Signs in Paducah KY, wants everyone to know that hand carving is still alive! Rob has been making signs since 1985 and has always been an avid hand carver and hand painter.  He’s been using Precision Board Plus for years for his dimensional signs and does not own a CNC, and he doesn’t plan on buying one anytime soon. “I use Precision Board Plus because it’s the premier HDU on the market. It is easy to carve and I can be extremely creative in my designs”.

Rob has always specialized in sandblasted, hand carved designs, and gets the most joy from designing and fabricating these types of signs. For years he’s also been very involved in gold leafing, smaltz, digital printing, hand painting, vehicle wraps, logo design and branding.

“This year it seems like we’re getting more calls for dimensional signs and I feel an optimism that I haven’t felt in a long time.”

Rob, for many of his 27 years in the sign industry, has been involved in The MidCoast Letterheads and is still very involved in meets that include hand carving, gold leaf on glass, and hand painting (to name a few). Being part of Letterheads ‘The Keepers of the Craft’, is extremely important to him.

Rob is also involved with “The Walldogs” which is a group that specializes in hand painting large wall murals.

If you’d like to talk to Rob about his work and get a quote, or get involved in Letterheads or Walldogs, give him a call at (270) 442-8665 or e-mail him at Be sure to ask about his portfolio because he definitely has enough talent to help you out, no matter what the need is!

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2012 at Coastal Enterprises has started out with a bang – right where 2011 left off!  We sincerely thank you for your support, feedback, and business.  We know we’re successful because you are, so we’d like to give back and keep helping you grow your business with free exposure.

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Here are some customers who’s stories we’ve featured in past newsletters.

Offering a sign made of 30lb Precision Board Plus instead of 15lb is great way to increase profits. The denser material machines as easily, yet generally requires less priming and sanding. Read more.


The designers and fabricators at Sign Design and Fabrication of Dahlonega, GA are true artisans that take great pride in delivering a sign to their clients that both delights and helps the register ring! Their work can be found all over the country, including the Aloha state. Read more.


Barnsignworks, in Greenville IN, has specialized in dimensional hand carved specialty signs for over 35 years. Mark Westra, Director of Operations, started as a traditional wood worker and carver and got into the sign business as demand started for quality workmanship. Read more.


Atlas Signs and Plaques exclusively uses Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 HDU to create custom metal-coated signs and plaques for home, business, and gifts.  In addition to the most unique designs on the planet, the signs offer the look and luster of foundry castings at a fraction of the price. Read more.

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