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The Knowltons Property Sign

The Knowltons Property Sign

About this sign

THE COMMON LOON, sometimes called the ‘spirit of northern waters’, is a symbol of unspoiled wilderness. Anyone who has spent any time camping in the woods in the northern USA or Canada will have vivid memories of the loons’ hauntingly beautiful calls at dusk – from the first lone wail to the replying cry, then leading up to tremulous quavering trills and yodels of several answering birds. There is arguably no more wonderful lullaby – or hymn – on earth, as it echoes across the water just as the first stars are appearing on a quiet summer night.

Loons live on quiet, remote freshwater lakes and are sensitive to human disturbance. Being less suited to land, they are excellent swimmers and divers, and are able to hold their breath as long as 90 seconds underwater. They typically come ashore only to nest. With their conspicuous black and white coloring, they are well known and easily identifiable. The hatchlings are precocious, leaving the nest on their first day. They are able to swim and dive immediately and can fly in about 11 weeks and their lifespan is about 30 years. It’s a common sight to see a baby loon hitching a ride on its mother’s back, as shown on this artwork.

The loons on this sign are hand sculpted and painted, while the lettering and oval accent are incise carved with hand chisels and gilded with 23kt gold leaf. We specialize in producing original, custom carved property signs. However, if you would like to substitute your family name into this sign, we’d be glad to duplicate this masterpiece to fit your property. In actual fact, no two signs will be identical, since each property sign comes with its own individual character, as each one is hand crafted by skilled artisans.