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    I have built a wood shop this winter and have the tools and ability to make signage. If there are any trail maintainers out there who are in need of signs replaced but do not have the resources to do so -contact me and we will get it done.

    This is not a solicitation for money. Materials, time and shipping will be donated by myself.
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    Awesome!

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    Thanks for volunteering! If you can, I would like a small sign to lift my spirits during Chemo treatments. Any takers from the OP or the list?

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    Mighty nice of you!

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    Saturday I noticed a couple of new signs on the Cosby campground side of Low Gap trail. The wood looked very light in color and was fine grained (may be ash?).
    The sign on the AT for Cosby Shelter is very worn and weathered, but I think the National Park Service does their on sign work. ??

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    but I think the National Park Service does their on sign work. ??



    that is correct..........


    they have their own sign shop and have standards and what not to meet in making the signs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmitchell View Post
    Saturday I noticed a couple of new signs on the Cosby campground side of Low Gap trail. The wood looked very light in color and was fine grained (may be ash?).
    The sign on the AT for Cosby Shelter is very worn and weathered, but I think the National Park Service does their on sign work. ??
    The USFS appears to use a light colored softwood on signs in the whites. Its no softwood I have seen on the east coast as its dense grain and clear. I think it may be old growth douglas fir. I see it used on Wilderness area welcome signs and always get a bit of chuckle on the most likely source of the wood. I seriously doubt its second growth, the ring count is way too tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    I have built a wood shop this winter and have the tools and ability to make signage. If there are any trail maintainers out there who are in need of signs replaced but do not have the resources to do so -contact me and we will get it done.

    This is not a solicitation for money. Materials, time and shipping will be donated by myself.
    How much would you ask for if I asked you to make a custom sign for me? Just wondering.

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    It seems the G is moving away from wood and towards faux wood.
    Be Prepared

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCloud View Post
    It seems the G is moving away from wood and towards faux wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCloud View Post
    It seems the G is moving away from wood and towards faux wood.
    Diversifying and trying to give back
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    that is correct..........


    they have their own sign shop and have standards and what not to meet in making the signs....
    Yep. As might be expected, 681 pages covering pretty much any sign you'll see on USFS property. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...prd3810021.pdf And while wood signs are specified for many applications (especially trails, wilderness areas, etc.) along with size, shape, color, etc., they do not specify any particular species be used.

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    covering pretty much any sign you'll see on USFS property.



    and well, hellfire, not sure how long the Park Service's document on this same subject is.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    and well, hellfire, not sure how long the Park Service's document on this same subject is.........
    Not to be outdone by USFS's 681 page document, NPS's is 931 pages. https://cd3abd6beebec142023d-31d81c9...-standards.pdf Here's an excerpt though regarding some of the general signage specs for wood signs, although I haven't explored the doc enough (nor do I intend to) to see if this applies to all trail signage: "The principal material for Identification Sign panels is Western Red Cedar with computer routed legend and stained surface. Second growth clear heart redwood may be used as an alternate, but because this is a less sustainable resource, its use is discouraged. Wood is specified because it is a traditional material for this application. Cedar and redwood are specified because they are both closed cell woods that will not rot or check and will last indefinitely without deterioration if properly maintained."
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    The definition of bureaucracy.

    Oh, and the new plastic signs suck.
    Be Prepared

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