The Carving Cowboy

Oatman is in the hills above and East of Bullhead City Arizona, and across the Colorado River from Laughlin Nevada.  From Bullhead City take Highway 95 South to Boundary Cone, turn East and just stay on that road into Oatman.

If you are coming from the Kingman area, just head West on I40 about 7 miles and get off at Shinnerup Road, and follow the signs to “Historic US Route 66.”  Turn West and follow that road 22 miles into the hills, but PLEASE drive carefully.  That last 9 miles can be frightening if you drive over the posted speed limits.

When you come to Oatman, please be sure to stop and visit with me.  I can be found on the sidewalk in front of the New Diggin’s at the South End of town.  I can be found there five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from about 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

DO NOT BRING CARROTS FOR THE BURROS.  The BLM has decreed that carrots are NOT healthy for the burros, instead, bring Alfalfa cubes, or buy some from just about any store in town.  Any “Townie” will be happy to tell you how we all feel about that, just ask.

I have been making signs now for MANY years, free hand with a router, using four different carving bits.  I draw the design I want on the wood, carve the design, paint the entire surface with black ink, sand the surface after the ink dries, and then dress it up with several coats of Clear Coat (available at Wal*Mart, Target, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes and several other places), then after letting it dry for a day or so, hand sand with 400 grit paper.

The final result is a beautiful sign, made to YOUR specifications, and either delivered to your hands or shipped USPS Priority Mail.

The majority of my signs are all the same size, 6″ X 24″ and cut on California White Cedar.  It takes an average of two and a half hours to make a sign, start to finish, and the cost is $50.00 per sign.  The cost for shipping IN THE US is free for the first 1000 miles, $5 per thousand miles beyond that.  Canadian shipping is a flat $20  I can also make smaller signs, (or larger) as required, this will effect the cost of your sign.

If you have questions, or need special handling on any of my signs, please use the CONTACT ME button and send me a message.  I will answer you as soon as possible.

I recommend once a year that you sand your new sign with 400 grit paper, it only takes a few seconds on each side.  Then spray both sides with Clear Coat, and let dry for 24 hours.  Then sand it again with the same 400 grit paper.  This will insure that your sign will look new for generations to come.  As I have so often said, “Be careful of what you want me to carve, your grand-kids will inherit this sign from your children.”

For those of you that have seen my carvings, I intend to add info to this page as time permits.

In the meantime, you can also visit the original page I created eight years ago, click here (TheCarvingCowboy) to see that page.

Please bear in mind, that page was built eight years ago and a lot has changed since them.

Thank you



Here are some very happy clients with their new signs.

Click on any picture to enlarge it.

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