Long-lasting Value ~ Custom Carved Cedar Signs by BCP

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At Beaver Cut Products we enjoy what we do. We love working with our customers to create unique custom signs or plaques in cedar. Every sign we make, no matter how small or large, is treated as an individual custom design project. With proper care, our cedar signs will last a lifetime!

They make great gifts, and we also offer gift cards.  With the Holiday Season approaching, it is a perfect time to begin your gift-giving plans.

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We are a company of artists and artisans, and we want to work with you! Hundreds of sign themes can be viewed in our color gallery at beavercutproducts.com or our in large WordPress Design Gallery. You can choose from any of our existing designs and add your custom title and text. We can also make changes in existing designs per your request, and in most cases we will give you multiple layouts to choose from. There are no artwork fees if we use our existing artwork.

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Custom artwork at your fingertips!

When you order a sign from Beaver Cut Products, you are not limited to what we’ve done in the past. Other sign companies offer only the artwork they have on hand. We can create almost any carve-able image that you wish, and offer custom illustrations at a fair price. We can work with your description alone, modify existing artwork, or draw from photos of your cabin, favorite pet, boat. or outdoor scene.

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We estimate the cost of artwork for your approval before we begin

Prices are set at an affordable hourly rate, and most illustrations can be completed between 1-3 hours. Our carving process requires black and white artwork with no graded tones or crosshatching.  We hand-draw the artwork to create a tonal composition, abbreviating the light and dark areas.

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Endurance and Tenacity of Cedar

“It is necessary … to yield to the storm, purchase a peace, and wait patiently for better times.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

“Manido Giizhigance”, “Little Cedar Tree Spirit”, and “The Witch Tree*”
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a centuries-old Thuja occidentalis on Lake Superior

With a root-hold in the crevices of the igneous bedrock, this Northern white cedar feeds on nutrients within reach of long roots that were first established in topsoil that has long since eroded away. For centuries, the tree has survived the harsh extremes of the Lake Superior shoreline. Vaguely anthropomorphic, it stands as a noted sentinel on this immense fresh water lake.  Regional temperatures range from sweltering heat in summer to sub-zero Fahrenheit temperatures during the winter months.

It is small for a mature cedar, and seasonal recovery probably claims much of the tree’s annual growth energy.  Explorer and fur trader Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye de Boumois recorded the fame of this tree in 1731.  If notable in its form at that time, it is certainly much older. It is a unique specimen, which may have fared less well in a heavy forest, competing with other species, bombarded with seasonal attacks by insects, fungus, drought, or human interference. It is possible that the tree is also sheltered from the full wrath of the November storms on Lake Superior by its proximity to Isle Royale.

The tree is considered sacred and the subject of spiritual legend by the Ojibwe people of this region. These legends were also recognized by the early European voyagers in their travels through this territory and in their association with the indigenous people. This little cedar’s endurance in the face of adversity continues to be an inspiration to generations of people.

Beaver Cut Products sincerely hopes that the connections we have formed in nature through our shared history and spirituality will continue to be held in high regard by future generations of all people, and help to conserve the natural environment.

*The name “Witch Tree” was given to the tree in the interest of state tourism.
photo: James Garrison

Style Guide for Proper Names ~ Plurals, Possessives, and Unusual Spellings

Although tongue-in-cheek typos can add rustic charm to a Beaver Cut Products sign, many customers prefer to “go by the book”, grammatically-speaking. This guide covers the use of proper names in signs, including plurals, possessives, and unusual spellings.

Definitions

Proper name: refers to a person, place, or organization, usually capitalized, e.g., Pat Smith
Singular noun: refers to one person, place, or thing, e.g., Pat Smith
Plural noun: refers to more than one person, place, or thing, e.g., The Smiths
Possessive: indicates ownership, e.g., Pat Smith’s house

General Rules

Add s to make most names plural: Smith → Smiths
Add es to make names ending in s, x, z, ch, sh plural: Jones → Joneses
Add ‘s to make names singular possessive: Smith → Smith’s, Jones → Jones’s*
Add s’ to make most names plural possessive: Smith → Smiths’
Add es’ to make names ending in s, x, z, ch, sh plural possessive: Jones → Joneses’
For joint property, only change the final name to possessive: Chris & Pat → Chris & Pat’s

* It is also acceptable to add to make names ending in s or z singular possessive: Jones → Jones’

Examples

Sign refers to one person
Pat
Smith
Pat Smith

Sign refers to two people
Pat & Chris
Smith & Jones
Pat Smith & Chris Jones
Pat & Chris Smith (same last name)

Sign refers to a family
Smith
The Smith Family
The Smiths
Jones
The Jones Family
The Joneses

Sign refers to property belonging to one person
Pat’s Place
Smith’s Saloon
Chris’s Garden (or Chris’ Garden)
Jones’s Oasis (or Jones’ Oasis)

Sign refers to property belonging to two people
Chris & Pat’s Hideout
Jones & Smith’s Garage
Pat & Chris Smiths’ Cottage (same last name)
Chris & Pat Joneses’ House (same last name)

Sign refers to property belonging to a family
Smith Residence
Jones Pond
The Smiths’ Farm
The Joneses’ Cabin

Enduring Strength and Beauty of Cedar

egyptioncasketDoes Cedar wood withstand the elements and the ravages of time?
Let’s hear from some experts about 3000+ year old cedar…

“A Spanish mission from Chowan University, headed by professor Alejandro Jimenez, has discovered the mummy of a woman named Sachiny inside a two-layered coffin of cedar wood, dating back to the era of the Twelfth Dynasty of ancient Egypt. The head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector in the Antiquities, Ministry Mahmoud Afify, stressed the importance of the discovery, saying that Sachiny was a pivotal character during the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.’

‘The coffins, placed one inside the other, bore hieroglyphic inscriptions, which helped in identifying the mummy, said Nasr Salama, General Director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Council. He added that the inner coffin was found in good condition, which allowed experts to detect the age of the wood it was made from.”
~ excerpt from wwww.egyptindependent.com

Source:
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/spanish-mission-discovers-mummy-aswan-s-tombs-nobles

A beeautiful friendship

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Kiki from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, sent ideas for a thoughtful gift with a clever play on words for her friend “Bee”.

This is a birthday gift for my friend who recently started bee keeping. One of her other hobbies is collecting Hudson’s Bay Co. memorabilia, so I thought this would be a perfect way to incorporate both of her passions. James was able to use my thoughts and ideas to create a gorgeous piece of art that I’m sure Bee will treasure for a long time.”

Of all personal pursuits to benefit the environment, bee keeping is an excellent example of how one person’s efforts can have significant local environmental impact. Bees are the most important of the insect pollinators, and it’s timely to mention them, because their numbers have been dwindling in recent years. Bees will pollinate crops and other plants within a radius of 1.5 to 5 miles from their homes, depending on temperature and wind conditions.

In addition to the honey bee that is most familiar to us, there are many important native species of bees that provide pollination, such as the mason bee or orchard bee. These species are called “solitary bees” due to the fact that they don’t colonize like the social honey bees.

Kiki’s friend “Bee” helps tend local honey bee hives, and also promotes healthy native bee populations by installing bee houses. These simple bee houses help extend bee keeping into urban areas where honey bee hives are not welcome.

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“Bee’s” Mason bee house. An abode for native solitary bees.

She sent us a photograph of her finished sign alongside a mason bee house. This bee house consists of drilled holes that provide housing for the solitary mason bees. In the natural environment, native pollinating bees raise their young in hollow reeds or in holes bored into logs by other insects, so these bee houses are perfect for well-tended areas where natural cavities are nonexistent. Mason bees are named for their use of mud to close up the cell chambers where their young are raised. Solitary bees like the mason bee collect pollen to make a “bread” for feeding the developing larvae in the cells.

“Bee” explains, “Although I have been studying honey bee keeping, city by-laws do not allow me to have a bee hive on my property, so I have been having fun helping with hives at a local community garden. To keep my love of bees close, I help mason bees by providing housing, appropriate water stations and a food supply with plants and trees that produce yummy pollen. In return, I am lucky to enjoy raspberries, tomatoes and other food produced from my modest garden. Working together, I like to think me and the bees are good friends.”

Bee is a graphic designer in British Columbia. She has a fascination for the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company and collects their ornately illustrated memorabilia.

Thank you Kiki and Bee for giving us the opportunity to show this to others – a little pollination to help other friendships grow!

Read more about mason bee houses at: http://beediverse.com/

 

Lost Girls’ Trail

This project was featured in one of our Facebook albums in September of 2012. Custom carved signs have many practical applications. To help provide some inspiration for people thinking about sign projects, we decided to give Ellyn’s project a more permanent place here.

When we first received this sign request, the theme was an enigma – a slightly ominous sounding title – arrows pointing in two directions. Curiosity drove us to ask about it. Turned out that the customer had an interesting and creative application for our signs. This is a project that shows the humorous and lighthearted side of people that we so often get to see. Following is a brief explanation of the project from Ellyn in California.

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“My neighbor and I got lost on the trail several times between our two properties (about 60 acres combined). Her husband just made a clearer path in the woods and with flags along the way so we don’t get lost again and others can go hiking on our 2 adjoining properties. He named the new trail “Lost Girls’ Trail.” We could probably use 10 signs but 4 should do it for now! We are on North Sonoma Coast…” ~ Ellyn M., CA

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Trailhead – Lost Girls’ Trail, photo provided by the customer.