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Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Mysterious Ways

    Granted the name of our website and business is PRINTSONWOOD, we also do a little more than just... y'know, printing on wood. As you may well already know, even though we have a wide selection of wood canvases, thicknesses, wood finishing, and display options to boot, we also understand that the imagination of our clients isn't solely limited only to the products available on our site. Sometimes a creative vision can't be contained within the confines in 8x10 wood print. (Or 4x6, or 5x7, or 6x6, or 6x12, or 8x8, or 8x12, or 9x12, or 10x10, or 10x15, or 11x14, or 12x12, or.... you get the point)

    When someone drops us a line inquiring about a custom order or any other complicated challenge they can conjure up, we don't shy away. Nay, we face it head on, grab it around the neck, and wrestle it to the floor like a mentally deranged older brother who caught you in his room touching his Millennium Falcon™ playset. (In case you couldn't tell, I'm the youngest. : / ) Which is why we were recently contacted by the creative minds over at Harvest Christian Fellowship.

    Harvest is a church local to the Riverside area well known for it's outreach and charismatic preacher, Greg Laurie. Before Pastor Greg was leading the masses over at Harvest, he made a living dabbling in illustration/graphic design (a man after my own heart), which explains why their promotional materials always looks so sharp. With that in mind, their latest offering (pun not intended) did not disappoint. They wanted a custom wooden sign, but instead of printing their message on the sign, they wanted it... **DRAMATIC PAUSE** ... cut out of the sign!! That's right, they didn't want us to add anything to their wooden sign, they wanted us to take away from it. (Talk about postmodernism.)

    HCF1

    We've worked closely with Harvest or the past couple of years on several different jobs, each more exciting than the last. Large format, small format, short run, long run, and everything in between. But this time, this job was a little different.

    HCF2

    The Art Department over at HCF came up with the brilliant idea to cut their message out of a large 1" thick sheet of wood. They showed up with their design and direction and we took it over from there. We set up the files so that we could cut the wood with pinpoint precision.

    HCF3

    Although a great man was once a carpenter, we used a machine to cut out the sign exactly the way Harvest envisioned. What kind of machine you ask? Well, we'd tell you but since some other lame wood printing companies troll our site/blog, we'll just keep it between us and the big man upstairs. ;)

    HCF4

    Pretty sweet, eh?

    So whatever your vision might be, however big of a wood print or sign you may need, your friends here at PRINTSONWOOD are willing and waiting with open arms accepting any and all who might need our help. The best part is you wont need a miracle to get it done. (Although it certainly does help. :P)

  • Don't "Fall" Behind!

    A long time ago, a wise man once said "Good Things come to those who wait."

    While I'm not objecting to the validity of that claim, it makes me wonder if that smart-alleck ever went Holiday shopping at the last minute. Many moons ago before my current occupation, I had the (dis)pleasure of working for a major retail chain, and I'll tell you, the things I would see at 6 am on Black Friday were horrifying! In the midst of their voracious fervor, tense situations between holiday shoppers hoping to save an extra 5 bucks would escalate quickly, I mean it would get really out of hand fast!

    I've seen large gelatinous shoppers fist-fighting over the last CD Player boom box, other shoppers fighting a losing battle with their deodorant in lieu of getting the last set of Star Wars legos, people dodging clouds of pepper spray while trampling over unfortunate stragglers, and my personal favorite, impromptu mexican stand-offs over who's girlfriend cut in line to get a Nintendo Gamecube before anyone else. The most ironic part of all of this is to see people go bat-crap-insane over cheap plastic knick-knacks a few hours after they were thankful for what they already had.

    After the doors would open releasing a tidal wave rabid patrons writhing in angst, I would stand there in disbelief, bloodied and bruised from the herds of people spending money they didn't have on things they don't need, and I would think to myself, there's got to be another way! A way to get what I need without having to elbow someone in the face, a way that doesn't involve a depravation of sleep that fuels my misanthropic tendencies, most importantly, a way that doesn't involve me having to put on pants.

    In ancient cultures, boys of a certain age would be expected to enter a right of passage to become a man in the eyes of their peers. This would involve them doing something insane along the lines of killing a vicious beast with their bare hands or strapping vines to their ankles and jumping off the tallest tree in the jungle. In Western society, working a retail job that involves dealing with the public on a daily basis can take the most innocent and naive of boys and grind him into a hardened cynical blogger of a man. I stand before you as a man (in the loosest possible sense of the word), and I want to tell you that after many long hard fought battles, I have discovered that way.... the information superhigh-WAY. (Nyuk-Nyuk)

    Yes, I'm talking about the internet. It's not only a great resource that allows people to anonymously flame others in the most hateful ways possible while googling pictures of Sofia Vergara, but it can also be a very effective tool in terms of holiday shopping if wielded correctly. Long gone are the days of old where people would actually have to leave their house to buy something, now we can just roll out of bed and have whatever we desire delivered right to our front door.

    This year, PrintsOnWood encourages you to embrace the future. To not only buy your gifts ahead of all the craziness that the holidays can inspire, but to do so from the comfort of your own home. Our wood prints are incredibly unique and make the perfect holiday gift. Every year when the people you care about are opening the gifts you thoughtfully selected (or bought at the last minute you big liar), they're secretly making a mental list of which gifts they're going to return, give away, or toss in the trash. A custom wood print is so incredibly personal, the only list they'll make when they receive one as a gift is of all the possible places in their house where they can display it proudly. We also have a lovely selection of Fine & Photo Art wood prints incase a custom wood print isn't a loved one's cup of tea. Don't "Fall" behind this year, get all of your holiday shopping done at PrintsOnWood today! And if you want to do so while wearing pants, that's entirely up to you. ;)

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