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Doug Bernhardt
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Just a couple photos from this years complicated project. This is just a small portion as altogether it's is about 100' but it was also the most involved (and coolest) of the job. Still waiting on final install which is in progress this week.
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and what the heck since it's here there's an in progress picture as well.
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when are you going to stop fooling around with this knock out kind of stuff and get busy with something of character and substance ?
hahaaaa hi doug, just amazing !!
look forward seeing the other 95'

ps ...do you every get another dog ?
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Doug that is simply gorgeous... I can't wait to see the completed structure.
Sure I paint thing for my amusement and then offer them for sale. A brushslinger could whither en die from lack of creativity in this plastic town my horse threw a shoe in. :shock:
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Thanx guys...It was a huge project altogether and the last of it will be installed tomorrow and will go well hopefully. Whenever I get into a project like this with so many pieces (parts) that need to have exact measurements I do a panic until all is complete.

I was down there today as the crew was working and it was something to watch. They were levelling the stone and attaching brackets. Here's a few more.
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I'm a bit of a fussy old bugger and want to make all the elements myself rather than order them and use existing parts. I suppose that way I get to make it in the way it fits best.
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Thanks for luring me back to the Hand Lettering Forum, Doug.
Your stunning work continues to inspire me and goad me forward.
I'm speechless.
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Thanx for all the compliments and of course I'm honoured.
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I guess I'm trying to work out the "did I ever get another dog" question. For many years I did have a shop dog that I actually got as a "training devise" for my son, who my wife thought I loved more than her! She was there the day I carved my first sign but missed a few of the last ones. Here's an element in progress from the centre sections.
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and how it was incorporated.
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Wow... beautiful. I bet you'll be happy when it's all installed and the client is smiling... and asking after the invoice. :wink:
Sure I paint thing for my amusement and then offer them for sale. A brushslinger could whither en die from lack of creativity in this plastic town my horse threw a shoe in. :shock:
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Lovely work, what are the final pieces intended to be used for please?
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Hi Anthony. These are all part of an Irish Pub called Heart and Crown in downtown Ottawa. I did the original signs some 20years ago and they needed updating. I'll post a few more photos next week when the install is complete. There's actually quite a bit more to do with some columns and millwork which I also enjoy. It makes it look complete.
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doug, are those "stings" on the violin ? look forward to seeing the whole piece !
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Yes sir...them is "strings" but it won't sound that great. They're copper wire.
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Here's just the front. It will look a whole lot better when I get all the columns replaced.....coming a little later and some lighting for everything.
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I'm still speechless, Doug.
Though I can't wait until it looks "a whole lot better" when you get the columns replaced. :wink:
Thanks again for your exemplary standard of blood, sweat, tears and soul! Very inspiring.
Dan
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Wow, wow, wow :!: :!: Absolutely stunning Doug. You are not only an amazing gifted artist and design guy, but master craftsman as well. Thanks for sharing the eye candy with us.
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Fantastic work.
Thanks for sharing and putting the pieces into perspective.
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Thanx for all the good words guys and will of course post more photos as things continue.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWwwIAaLrGo More of a automotive artist . whats keeping me busy . first post and will post more of the lettering I do , in the future .
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Hi Tracy,
Welcome to the forum!
I would recommend that you start a new topic with your post since your YouTube video doesn't really tie in with this particular thread and Doug is planning to check back with updated photos at some point. It keeps things cleaner, as far as the forum being useful, if we don't go off on tangents. Also, your video won't get burried in an unrelated topic but will have its own title and topic - as you choose to name it.

If you go to the main page, in the upper left just above all the posting you'll see a button called "NEW TOPIC". Click on that to begin a new thread.
Dan
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Sir Doug, and all this time we thought you were just another pretty face, but nay, a true master craftsman to boot. :mrgreen:
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Awesome work as usual Doug ! I am curious what you may have used to protect your beautiful work from the elements ….?
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Pretty Face?? Now thats a scary thought ;=) Jim...I'm a big fan of the Cetol (sikkens) system. Just stain to colour of choice and finish with overcoats. I've found that a refresh of the overcoat (door and Window it's now called) every couple years is easy to maintain and keeps looking good. There are some of the new acrylics that I'm experimenting with but is a little to early to tell yet. The benefit to Sikkens is the ease of maintenance and at least I've found reliable results.
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Unbelievable work, and Ive been in many an Irish pub : ) I may have to go to Canada just to see it for real.
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Just come on up! ;=)
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Doug....absolutely splendid! You are, and always have been, a true master of your craft! Same for many others posting on this site!
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Thanx for the kind words...High praise from a high place. Your contributions (your work and articles about others...like the Pritchard's) in SC for all those years were one of the things that kept me wanting to try new things. In the early 70's all I was interested in doing were sho-cards but that's a whole other story.
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