Everybody knows that one of the most important things in any business (not to mention the rest of life) is networking. We used to call it working together. In any case, my wife and I spent a long weekend last week with signmaking acquaintances at Sannerz Designs near Frankfurt, Germany. They also work in HDU, the synthetic wood we use for our carved signs, but focus on business signage as the Germans haven’t yet caught on to the habit of naming their houses.

Although their business structure is quite different to reflect differences in the nature of the markets, we learned a lot from each other, as well as having a smashing weekend, and not neglecting to invest in a little German quality beer and chocolate.

Some of their work is absolutely breathtaking, like this crest – they made a set for this brewers various outlets.

Binding Crest House Sign Image

In the networking line, I recently stumbled upon a forum for HDU signmakers. Hopefully we can share our knowledge in this rapidly growing area of business.

As the Germans say: Sie und Ihr Geschäft sind einmalig

Double Sided Signs

We often get questions about whether we make double sided or hanging signs.  The simple answer is yes.  As of the beginning of 2008 we have made both hanging signs and wrought iron hanging brackets. There is nothing special about it but The Cart Lodge has become easily our most referred to sign; ie. “I want a sign just like The Cart Lodge”.

Hanging Sign

Popular hanging sign with wrought iron bracket.

To request your own customised sign (double sided or otherwise) visit our Hanging Signs page.

Changing the Thumbnail Size in WordPress

The hardest thing I found about setting up this blog with WordPress was changing the default thumbnail size for images. There are quite a few posts about this on the Internet, but only one of them turned out to be any good.

Here it is:

Flexible upload lets you specify the thumbnail size as you upload, adds the correct tags if you are using lightbox.js or thickbox.js and offers advanced image placement options.

It worked great, was easy to install and hasn’t caused any problems.

Where can I buy HDU?

Many people want to know where we buy High Density Urethane (HDU) from. We used to import it from the USA, but that was a bit expensive. After a little research we found an Italian company who makes it. They call it Corafoam – and it’s fantastic!

The company is called DUNA-Corradini and you can see their website here:

You have to buy quite a large quantity to make it worthwhile, so if you want a small piece you can ask Clover Signs – and they might let you have some.