- Wood Creations by an Asheville Master Sawdust Maker -
- Wood Creations by an Asheville Master Sawdust Maker -
Display Pieces for Retail Point of Purchase (POP)
Concept to Finished Item, Display Pieces
I love the challenge of hearing a client's wishes and then designing a cabinet or display to meet their requirements. These have included rack card holders, a motivational plaque, cash donation box, retail P.O.P. (point of purchase) displays & more simple structures. I always provide the client with drawings showing a full perspective to help them envision the end results.
Pedestal - Maple
Often what “makes or breaks” a retail store is how their products are displayed. In the case of the Asheville Shop at the Visitor Center, they had me make four different height pedestals with a footprint of 1’ X 1’. Using high-quality maple wood, and coating it with a polyurethane finish, the stands highlight their products throughout the retail store.
Retail Store Counter Top Display
The Visitor Center at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce asked for a counter top display to hold a variety of things, such as newspapers, maps, fudge, magazines, etc. and with the backside to have slots for them to organize their paperwork. I start projects like this with mechanical drawings so client can visualize the concept.
Semi-Permanent Booth Dividers
This was a very unique project as the manager of the Visitor Center at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce asked for these dividers (see arrows) to remain portable and not secured to the wall or floor. To prevent them from easily tipping over, we filled the bases with 150+ pounds of bricks so the center-of-gravity is about an inch off the ground. They're movable but you have to push hard.
Stuffed Animal Cave
The Asheville Shop, located at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, had dozens of stuffed animals under a table and they mentioned the kids love crawling amongst them while their parents shopped. I suggested that they have made a cave entrance to enhance the experience. The front of this trapezoid table was given depth with fiberglass and Bondo, which is often used on car bodies.
These podiums weren't intended for speakers but they could be used as such. Instead, the Visitor Center at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce needed three tall presentation stands to display local hotel information featuring specials of the day. Visitors seeking a place to stay that night can thumb through the 3-ring binders to find the best deals.
Literature and maps come in all sizes and shapes and to display them in an orderly fashion can be problematic. The Grove Arcade in Asheville provided the tables and asked that I match the wood top best as I could. The dividers separating the pieces of literature are movable to provide flexibility for future sizes. I always start with mechanical drawings for the client to visualize the end result before starting the project.
Literature and Monitor Display
Faced with a number of requirements, this was a fun challenge. First, the Asheville campus of Lenoir Rhyne University wanted a secured space for an electronic monitor that would not be stolen in this public location. Next, the shelves needed to be removable and/or adjustable for posters or other combinations of literature. Movable dividers on each shelf were also created to keep the literature in an orderly display. And lastly, no room is perfectly square so to make these mitered corners added a little extra fun. I always start with mechanical drawings so the client can visualize the end result.
For my own needs here at SilverHawk, I created a booth with shelves to display a variety of my products. Using wire mesh as a backdrop and turn-buckles to support the shelves, I purposely wanted the display to appear somewhat industrial to allow the wood pieces to standout. I provided my own LED lighting to highlight the products which helped tremendously as the room was quite dark. (I had no control as to the location of the booth and the ball lights in front of the booth were an unexpected "feature" at this show.)
Trade Show Display
Here's another photo of my trade show display. It was fun to construct using cookie cooling racks as the backdrop and turn-buckles to hold the shelves level. The best part is the display is light and versatile, allowing for many design variations.
The Director of the Moore Funeral Home at Forest Lawn in Candler, NC, wanted the ability to present an urn of ashes similar to a casket where pall bearers could carry it in. The large wood structure constructed of solid oak had handles on both sides for four people to easily lift the unit. If a tall ceramic urn is used instead of the small box shown, a brass tube enclosure was also provided to prevent it from tipping over.
Bright Idea Award
Here's a way to recycle huge 400W industrial light bulbs! The proprietor of MMS (Mail Management Services, the owner of the Allegra Printing stores in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard) wanted to honor their employees who offer good suggestions to improve the work environment. Mounted on the wall in the production room, this plaque is a constant reminded to employees to offer positive, constructive ideas. Up to 12 name tags could be added in the grooved slots. (The light itself no longer works but this is a great way to recycle them. Otherwise, it would require a large transformer to power the bulb.)
This client, a Bavaria Restaurant, asked for a three-sided display for graphics and brochures that were available at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. We glued the mugs on the top for added appeal.
Cash Donation Box
Glass on three sides and a lockable door on the back, this cash donation box has endured years of use and attracted thousands of dollars at the visitor center. The top piece is meant for a message such as "Your Donations are Appreciated" or whatever.