The Mobile Sign Shop is housed on a trailer and holds workshops for participants to create their own, customized, carved wooden signs, inspired by the vernacular of Northern Minnesota cabin signs.
The Mobile Sign Shop (MSS) is inspired by the vernacular of cabin name signs found in Northern Minnesota. At the beginning of roads leading to a lake with cabins, there can often be found a collection of wooden/engraved/painted/ handmade signs bearing the names of residents i.e. The Thompson’s in the case of my grandparents. The MSS is housed on a trailer that provides an attention getting location stocked with sign making supplies. This trailer is not a standard utility trailer, but recognizable as a location for activity, painted brightly, with flags and sample signs. Inserting a non-standard, incongruous tool into public space, brings out people’s curiosity and willingness to engage.
The MSS provides guidance and prompts on how to make a name sign along with materials, paint and brushes etc. as well as assistance in carving out letters with a router. More than materials we provide a location for people to converse about something we all have stories about, our names and families. The MSS comes fully staffed with a facilitator and sign carver.
Standard Event Includes:
The Mobile Sign Shop will come to your location with fifty sign blanks, paint and staff for three hours. We will instruct participants in how to ready sign blank for carving, carve their sign and provide paint and brushes for participants to personalize their sign.
Greater MN and beyond event rate– $650-800 + mileage. Depending on distance from Minneapolis, lodging/meals charges may apply.
Additional and customizable options:
Additional hours billed at $100/hour (includes 15 signs/hr)
-Our standard prompt asks participants to make signs with their last name, and use it to connect with neighbors and other workshop participants. Custom prompts are possible, $100 for 1 hour planning meeting time and creation of custom prompt signage and facilitation. Seeking community engagement on what amenities to add to a new park? We can ask participants “What would you like to see in this park?”
-Attaching signs to stakes and pounded into ground—add $200 to Standard rate
-Can bring custom sign display board to events—add $100
-Installation of finished signs on existing or installed pole is available, price estimate determined when parameters are known. Contact with questions.
-For Greater MN or further events an additional travel fee may be required.
Corporate / Large Event Rate:
The Mobile Sign Shop, fifty sign blanks, paint and staff for three hours for $1000.00
After 3 hours and 50 signs, additional hours are billed at $200/hour (includes 15 signs/hr).
Transport Size–this is generally the smallest size, use this to determine fit through doors, etc. (LxWxH): 7’ x 5’6” x 3’6”
Fits through double/roll up door, on a car Trailer
Footprint–how much space is ideal for basic set-up (LxWxH): 10’ x 20’ x 7’
Additional Specification Details:
The Mobile Sign Shop requires access to power, sets up in about an hour and generally works best outdoors. Use of the router to carve signs is dusty and is best done outside, however signs can be painted indoors.