Ironwoods Stone Entry Sign: Done and Dusted

Stone entry sign

Finished product

Earlier this week, blacksmith Lynda Metcalfe and I drove to Chapel Hill to put the finishing touches on our collaboration, the Ironwoods stone entry sign. It was satisfying to see this project through; discussions with the homeowner’s association had started a year ago November. The time invested was well spent. This sign is a work of art.

Stone entry sign

The sign sits on an island and is visible to traffic in both directions. Each side of the sign has its own flow of vines and is its own piece.

Stone entry sign

Lynda’s work has great depth. The letters are raised from the back panel and vines wind their way behind the letters, poking through here and there.

In this image from Lynda’s shop, you can see how she lined up the lettering on each side so that one set of fasteners reached through to catch the word Ironwoods running in both directions. Lynda’s primary focus in architectural metalwork; it was great to work with another artisan with such a strong construction ethos. We both aspired to create something strong and beautiful. Craftsmanship should be more than pretty.
(photo by Lynda Metcalfe)

All in all, the experience of working at Ironwoods was unlike any other I’ve ever had in my career. They know how to treat craftspeople. Concerned neighbors brought out orange cones to protect us from distracted drivers. Virginia made me soup. A kindly stranger delivered me hot chocolate (with whipped cream!) on a cold day. Ethan and Logan supplied me with marbles, since I forgot my own back home. I am sincerely grateful for the kindness and enthusiasm shown for the process and the finished product. It is a great joy to create work for people who appreciate it.

Special thanks are owed to Matthew Feldt who saw this project through from a seed of an idea to a fully grown vine. He navigated the design process with grace, championed the project from start to finish and lent his strong back, his photographic eye and even his garage to the effort. The sign doesn’t happen without Matthew. Thank you.

All of the photographs in this blog posting, unless otherwise noted, are by Matthew Feldt.

7 thoughts on “Ironwoods Stone Entry Sign: Done and Dusted

  1. I’d like to sincerely thank Marc and Lynda for their hard efforts with this project!!
    I’m a home owner at Ironwoods and this was the 2nd project which Marc has completed for us. The 1st was a stone bench in appreciation and tribute to a long time residence known to most of us as “Grandpa Tony”. The workmanship and creativeness of the bench was outstanding and it made it an easy decision to use Marc on this sign project.
    I for one was extremely surprised after seeing the final pieces in place as much of the work was covered due to cold weather. It had always remind a mystery until just yesterday when the cover was taken off for all to see. There was never any doubt throughout this project that there was going to be something special in place when completed.
    As the pictures show, this isn’t just a “normal” residential sign for our neighborhood but a “true” piece of art!!
    Lynda and Marc approached this project with both time and dedication with creating a true art thoughtfulness and creative that goes far and beyond the norm and represents who we are in Ironwoods, I can’t be more happy with the end result!!
    Lynda / Marc- Thank you again. This is truly a great representation of the artist that you both are and I’m proud to have your artwork for all to see passing or entering our neighborhood.

  2. Congratulations on a beautiful product. The neighborhood sign is something to be proud of. It is tastefully done, artistic, and fits the low key mood of the neighborhood. Thank you to the artisans and to Matthew Feldt and all others who participated in the final design and execution. Lovely in all ways. Cora Harrison

  3. The new entry artistry is superb. The stone and iron design is well thought out. The “Ironwoods” is itself constructed of iron and mounted nearly invisibly to the tasteful stone base. The height of the entry design is just right, high enough to read easily but not so high that it impedes vision of opposing traffic. The ‘vine’ weaving about ‘Ironwoods’ adds a homey feeling to the entry. This new entry really puts a nice finishing touch to our Ironwoods living area a touch that we can enjoy each time we enter or leave Ironwoods. A hearty thank-you to all who were involved in bringing this entry artistry to fruition especially Matthew Feldt and the designer of the work of art. It is a job well done.

  4. I’m glad to be part of this collaboration and that the sign hit the right note with the residents of Ironwoods. Thank you for the above comments, it’s really great to get the feedback.

  5. Marty and I are so amazingly delighted with the neighborhood sign- it is truly lovely sculpture, celebrating nature, rather than just a sign. How great is it to have art in public places, and for us it’s in a place where we get to see it daily. Thanks so much to the fine artisans who created it, and to our great neighbors who got the project up and running and saw it through.

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