About HandPaintedWoodSigns.com

We are Signmakers handcrafting historic house signs lettered and painted using traditional signwriting methods and built to last. We use only brushes and all our signs are made, painted and lettered by hand.

Making Hand Painted Wooden Signs Since 2003

"There is a purity of process to my signmaking," confides signmaker Tim Kearns, "that is intentional on my part so I can fully embrace the creative process of working with cedar plank and hand crafting it into a work of art. My approach and love for what I do shines through if you view my posts on Instagram@handpainted_woodsigns or speak with me by phone. I'm also an historic home owner and enjoy speaking to others who share that love."


Handpaintedwoodsigns.com was started in 2003 to meet the historic homeowner's need for an authentic hand lettered historic house sign. Starting with one shape and size plaque, the 14x11 french corner rectangle, our popularity grew online. Today, we hand craft our own cedar and mahogany historic house signs and now offer over 25 standard sizes and shapes of signs. We also make larger custom size and shape signs by request. Our Medford NJ sign shop is located on Main Street in historic Medford, Burlington County, New Jersey. Our hand painted signs adorn many local private and commercial buildings including Kirby's Mill, Medford's iconic and treasured historic mill.

In 2014 we expanded our line of cedar signs in standard sizes. In 2023, we started offering pre-made Early American reproduction hanging signs, and other larger format hanging signs, to provide immediate turnaround for lettering of large hanging signs similar to those seen in the Connecticut Museum collection of American Inn and Tavern Signs.


We Love Historic Houses, We Love Signmaking

As we enter our 22nd year in 2024, we continue to take great pride in learning about the property and house for the signs that we hand craft. Several times a year, I organize a sign field study that enables me to visit the sign client properties, examine how the signs are gracefully aging, and make improvments to my signmaking process and materials. I chronicle these sign studies on Instagram. We love seeing pictures and hearing the "backstory" of each house, some of which we share in our site's Hand Painted Sign Gallery and on Instagram and Facebook. We understand our customers' needs to be able to trust that we are going to create the perfect sign for their house or property. After all, we are historic house owners as well. Below is the Thomas Potts House, an 1863-built historic home that was once the Star Glass Company owner's house Frank Reily, in Medford, New Jersey.


Memberships & Affiliations

We belong to many state and local historic societies including:

Connecticut Historical Society


Historic House-Related Organizations and Web Sites

We offer a 10% discount to fellow members of these organizations

We are members of the following organizations, societies and online communities. In their online forums, we respond to topics relating to hand lettering wooden signs, deermining the age of old houses and properties, and advice on historic house plaques and signage. We offer a 10% discount to fellow members of these organizations. Please notify us at time of ordering so we can provide your discount.