When Larry first came up with the hot idea that we'd
make our own sign, I figured it was a result of fever, or overexertion.
Neither of us had ever attempted anything like this before. But he is
not a man to concede defeat! Larry was actually inspired by the wagon
wheel we found on our property. It's authentic - the wagon trail went
right through nearby Soco Gap - and although the middle was nearly
disintegrated, the iron outer rim was in pretty good shape. Larry sanded
through the rust and carefully restored and painted it. Then he finished
wood to match the siding on the inn, and fitted it into the rim.
He traced out the font that we'd chosen for our logo
lettering onto one-by-four lumber, and had it cut out with a scroll saw.
He painted each letter white, and then painted the edges black, for
"shadow," and sealed each one.
I was pretty impressed! Except that, at this point, he
created a large rendering of our wolf logo on graph paper, and handed me
a big piece of birch.... and he said, "Make the wolf."
Hoo-boy! Well, ok, I'm game. I traced, and traced, and traced (hey, I
can trace, right?) and finally had the wolf logo transferred onto the
birch plank. But what in the world was I going to do next?!?
A flash of inspiration yielded the answer. "Hey,
Gary!" I called to our teenage son. "Remember that woodburning
set Santa brought when you were about 10 years old? Do you still have
Weeks later, the wolf was finished. Larry took a
jigsaw to that birch plank and cut out the wolf, sealed it, and then
mounted it on spacers to give it depth, attached all the letters, and
bolted chain to the back of the rim. It was time to hang the sign.
Mind you, this thing is not light!!
Fortunately, we have a son-by-osmosis to help out. The photo shows our
Gary, Larry, and (thank-goodness-for) Billy, preparing to hoist this puppy
up onto the tree.