The Sign Carver: Celebrating 22 years of Craftsmanship

Photographed: A hand carved wooden sign for African Kirikara Arts & Craft, Hout Bay

The Sign Carver:
Celebrating 22 years of Craftsmanship

The Sign Carver has been carving professionally since 1994. We invite you to take a look with us over the past 22 years of craftsmanship as we raise a toast to many more piles of wood-shavings and chips on the workshop floor.


Welcome to the home
of quality hand carved craftsmanship

If you have an appreciation for the unmistakeable hand crafted feel of quality workmanship that has become ever rarer in our fast paced world, then you have come to the right place. The Sign Carver specialises in hand carved wooden signs, coats of arms, sculpture and much more.


What We do

The Sign Carver takes on a wide variety of projects, great and small, and approaches each new project with passion and the utmost attention to detail.

Hand Carved Signs

Our hand carved wooden signs have a timeless charm that never goes out of style.

Whether you have a taste for simple elegance or decadent detail, the Sign Carver beautifully crafts each wooden sign with care and precision, delivering a high quality product that is very durable.

Our outdoor signs are durable enough to mature gracefully while other signs are fading and crumbling in the harsh African sun.

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Groot Constantia barrel sign, by the Sign Carver

Groot Constantia Estate, Cape Town (2011)

Architectural Elements

For the ultimate personal touch, you can introduce hand carved wooden design elements right into the features of your home.

The Sign carver occasionally collaborates with Interior decorators when a project requires a touch of subtle sophistication that only true craftsmanship can deliver.

Interior designers enjoy the freedom of being able to choose any pattern under the sun and the warm scent of hand carved wood simply oozes luxury into a home.

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Architectural elements in a home, by the Sign Carver

Carved Corbels & running pattern for a Cape Town kitchen


A coat of arms for the Fourie Family, Weltevreden Park

Coats of Arms

A Coat of Arms is a symbol of history and honour, and hand carved, becomes a precious family heirloom to be treasured & handed down to future generations.

An ideal gift, it represents the importance of family and tradition: This workmanship is becoming ever rarer in our fast paced world.

The Sign Carver has made Coats of Arms of all sizes for Wine farms, University residences, Schools and families.

You can choose to have your Coat of Arms carved in wood or cast in cement, resin or bronze.

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Crucifix, by the Sign Carver

Small crucifix for a church in Constantia

Religious Sculpture

The Sign Carver sculpts custom made religious imagery, relief wood carvings, and sculptural restorations in wood, stone, cement, resin, plaster and bronze.

Each sculpture is a custom designed original, made according to the client’s specific style and preferences.

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Sculpture is the main passion and driving force behind the Sign Carver, who can often be found ankle-deep in woodchips, trying to find that wonderful third dimension in a chunk of wood or stone.

In addition, the Sign Carver has extensive experience with casting of sculptures in bronze, cement and resin and collaborates with mould makers and foundries.

Not sure which material to choose? We will happily advise you on the best application to suit your particular project.

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Life size sculpture by the Sign Carver

In process: One of Five life sized Persian figures for a shopping centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2011)


When antique furniture or beloved wood or plaster sculptures get damaged, they lose their value and their charm.

Don’t store them in the attic or try to replace them. Instead, call on the Sign Carver to restore these treasures to their former glory.

With a careful eye and attention to detail, The Sign Carver is able to replicate and restore even the finer details and embellishments .

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Restoration of plaster sculpture by the Sign carver

craftsmanship, quality & style is excellent

I was very excited to receive the Room Name Plates. The craftsmanship, quality and style is excellent and they really do add interest to the character of Annies House Romantic Getaway.

The delivery was made on time, exactly as promised. I recommend your service and expertise to anyone who is looking for a professional to create bespoke signs without hesitation.

Maryanne, Annie’s House Romantic Getaway, Hartebeespoort

Get In Touch with the Sign Carver

Whether you would like to get in touch or make an enquiry, compliment us on our work or just say hello, we would love to hear from you.

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Who is the Sign Carver?

A Graphic designer by trade, Ivan Hunter bravely left the humdrum of his advertising career in 1994 to pursue his passion of sculpture and carving. In the transition from pixels to woodchips, Ivan showed great talent and craftsmanship and eventually decided to launch the Sign Carver business.

Since then, the Sign Carver has never looked back and this year, we celebrate 22 years in this exciting trade.

The Sign Carver lives by his mantra "Follow your joy" and by the looks of it, he's always happiest amongst a pile of woodchips.

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