We get asked all the time, "Can you engrave wood?"...
The short answer to that question, is "Yes!! We do it ALL the time!!". We've engraved live edge boards, charcuterie boards, kitchen butcher blocks, wine boxes, clocks, hatchets, coat hangers, picture frames, canoe paddles, kayak paddles, and fraternity paddles.
...wait... did you say "Fraternity paddle?? ...um... yes, yes we did 😉
We've also made wooden barn board signs for your bar or cottage. We've customized your gifts like wooden clocks, coat hangers, serving trays, and fishing nets.
On the commercial, or home DIY side, we can engrave your wooden table, kitchen cabinet doors, favorite pen, jewelry box, or keepsake
Heck, we even had someone come in with his front door from his home, so that we could engrave his family credit into.
The general rule of thumb is, if you've got something wood and it fits into our laser bed, we can DEFINITELY engrave it!
A FEW THINGS, TO KEEP IN MIND
WHEN ENGRAVING WOOD
As there are no two pieces of wood that are alike, the same can be said for the results when engraving wood. Grain patterns play a factor, different colours in the wood plays a factor, and if you've got something (like a canoe paddle) where you've got more than one type of wood ...yes Virginia... that too plays a factor.
The general rule of thumb is, the lighter the wood, the better the engraving shows up. The darker the wood, the more the engraving blends into the dark colouring, and you get more of a tone-on-tone look.
It's best if we can work with raw wood, but if your item has been finished, stained, or painted, that's ok too. We can engrave wood you bring in, or we can help supply you with what you're looking for.
THE LIGHTER THE BETTER
Generally speaking, the lighter the wood, the more the engraving “pops”. The darker the wood, the more tone-on-tone you get.
GRAINS PLAY A KEY ROLE
Grains are really hard, and the rest of the wood is softer by comparison. Having grains through the engraving, creates a really unique look with coloring.
NO, WE CAN'T BLACKEN IT
We can always make the engraving darker by running it a 2nd or 3rd time, but we can NEVER make it black. To blacken it, we would have to char the wood to the point where it catches on fire, and that’s not a good thing!