See Your Name in Lights in Nashville!

February 16, 2013 | By | Comments (1)
Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Aussie-born Luke Stockdale’s formal training is in graphic design, but at a height of 6’7″ he’s never been comfortable sitting behind a desk. So after marrying a Nashville native and moving to Tennessee in 2009, he took things into his own large hands.

These days, Luke fashions custom letters and marquees out of pieces of rusted steel and reclaimed wood. His signage lights up homes and businesses across the country, including LeBron James’ private office at the Nike headquarters in Oregon and master leatherworker Emil Erwin’s Nashville workshop. Prices range $75-$2,200;

The Process: “I start with a computer-generated design and print it out large. Using that as a stencil, I cut the letter out of wood, bend steel around it, and attach it by hand to the wood.”

The Wood: “I use as much salvaged wood as I can, but when I have to use new material, I knock it around.”

The Inspiration: “I love the classic marquees that theaters once used, so I thought, ‘I’ll do this for people who can’t find the real thing,’ because I can create custom signs that look like they’ve been around since the 1930s.”

The Metal: “I get crude steel from a local metalworks, and then I weather it using a mixture of bleach, heat, and humidity, which makes the metal rust 5 years in 10 days. I water the rust garden in my backyard every night.”


  1. hervey papele

    til I looked at the check ov $5178, I be certain that…my… best friend could trully taking home money part time online.. there mums best friend has done this for under 21 months and as of now paid for the mortgage on their appartment and bourt a top of the range Cadillac. go to…… BIT40.ℂOℳ

    February 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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