Last weekend we hoisted our newly restored and long-treasured sign, re-setting beside our building, Freeport’s old Masonic Hall. This week, please come see whether you can spot the secret mouse, a sign carving tradition, hidden in the sign’s carved details. If you do, register inside for a chance to win diamond stud earrings in our annual New Year’s Eve Diamond Stud Giveaway.
The sign was hand-carved, hand-painted and gold-leafed, back in the early 80’s, by D. J. Holmes, Sr. DJ, as he’s fondly known by his friends, is a renowned wood carver, sculptor, and all-round Renaissance man. He’s also a long time friend and esteemed fellow craftsman. His son, David Junior, performed the extensive refurbishment, with advice and counsel from his dad, now retired.
Besides the secret mouse, carved images of the goldsmiths’ trade embellish the sign: hammers for smithing and scales to weigh precious metals and gems.
Carved in pine, Brown Goldsmiths’ sign has undergone several extensive restorations. That’s typical for traditional wood signs facing decades of exposure to the elements.
Back in 2008, Steve worked to restore the sign in his barn.
For trivia buffs, the original color was blue, back in the early 80’s when the sign was new. In a subsequent restoration, it was painted red. Some of you may remember way back when! Today, the sign’s background is black.