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Our Company


The Wood & Metal Plaque Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Art Sign Works, Inc. whch specializes in designing and building custom artistic dimensional carved hand-crafted wood, High-Density-Urethane (HDU), and bronze, brass, gold and silver plaques and signs of all sizes. We sell our beautiful wall, podium  and memorial/dedication plaques factory-direct to Federal, State and city government agencies, the courts, military services, police, sheriff & fire departments, universities & schools, small and large businesses, sports teams, churches,  clubs & organizations, and families & homes. We also sell them at wholesale prices to  sign shops, marketing companies, and other resellers throughout the USA.


Location of The Wood & Metal Plaque factory in Murrieta, California, with 10,000 ft high San Gabriel mountains in the background










Most of our operations and our 20 designers, artisans and craftsmen are located in a 14,000 ft2 factory  in two adjacent industrial buildings in Murrieta, CA, at 41785 Elm Street, Suite 302, in the Temecula Valley in Riverside County. The Temecula Valley is well-known for its over fifty boutique wineries and vineyards. Our factory is located 60 miles north of San Diego, and about 90 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains, the highest being Mt. Jacinto, 10,834 ft, snow-capped in winter.  Our customer relations staff, project coordinators, computer design facility and manufacturing factory are located at our Murrieta facility. You can call us M-F 9-5 Pacific time at 951-698-8484 or email us at Our three customer service representatives, supported by our three on-site and two contract 3-D designers,  will be happy to discuss with you your signage needs.

We also have a marketing office and art studio located in Fallbrook, CA, about 20 miles south of our Murrieta factory. Fallbrook is a remote village located in the Santa Margarita mountains. It has a large group of resident artists and is renowned as the avocado capital of the world.

Art Sign Works is a family owned  business. It   was founded in 2005, and is chartered as a Corporation in the State of California. It is  certified as a woman-owned small business. For Federal contracts and PO's, we are listed on SAM (System for Award Management), and have products listed on the GSA schedule, as well as on many state and city registries.

We sell our custom products  retail (factory direct) to residential, commercial, non-profit, military, and government customers throughout the USA, in every state.  We also sell our products at wholesale prices, to over 800 independent and franchise sign retailers and resellers in every US state, and Canada. We are a preferred supplier of carved wood and HDU signs & plaques to several National sign companies, including SignWorld, Fast Signs, Signs-by-Tomorrow, and Signarama.  We typically have over 200 projects underway at one time with 200 different customers, which include government, military, courts, police, colleges, businesses, consumers, and retailers. Our projects range in value from $200 to over  $50,000.  We design and fabricate 7000 to 10,000 carved plaques and signs each year, and we have been designing and making dimensional carved plaques & signs  since 2005. We look forward doing business with you, whether you are a direct client or a reseller / retailer.


Our Production Team

We love what we do. In fact, nothing makes us happier than designing, making and delivering a wall or podium plaque that you will be proud of. We enjoy creating our works of art, and we treat every project and customer as special.  Our goal is to provide you with beautiful long-lasting  plaques of the highest quality. We promise to exceed your expectations and to deliver on time. Our Testimonials page indicates how our clients feel about our service and our products. We make all our products in the USA in Murrieta, California, and virtually all our materials are made in the USA.

To find out more about us, please see our short (1 min) U-tube video below.

In our factory we have extensive computer design facilities with a network of 9 computers, printers, vinyl cutters, a large sandblast booth (handles up to 14 feet signs), a fully-equipped paint spray booth, and a complete woodworking shop with many saws, routers, sanders, planers, joiners, drills, lathes,and five large-table (5 x 10 ft) computer-numerically-controlled (CNC)  routers and 3-D carving machines. We also have our metal shop located there, where we can cut, bend, weld, and coat various metals, and make custom aluminum signs, wrought iron hangers, and steel and aluminum posts and frames. 

 We use a  CNC laser cutter that  cuts elaborate metal and plastic sheet shapes precisely with smooth edges.   We have a metal-coating and polishing facility (bronze, brass, copper, silver-nickel, aluminum and stainless steel) and a special clean area where we apply hand-crafted gold-leaf and silver-leaf gilding. We also can print full-color digital vinyl for photo or artist painting appliques on our signs and plaques. We have a large  heated temperature-controlled drying room where we can cure the coatings on our signs & plaques. We have  rigorous manufacturing process, QA and schedule control  systems to ensure every sign we make is compliant with client specifications and meets our high  quality standards,  and is delivered on time.  We have a very experienced and professional staff to ensure your signs or plaques meet your expectations. Visitors are welcome any time to our factory. 



Our company's highly experienced staff of 20 craftsmen, artisans, artists, designers and customer service representatives, several who have been with us for a decade, have a passion for fine art and old-world craftsmanship. Our goal is not to make the most signs, but rather to make high-quality, long-lasting, affordable signs that are beautiful and elegant while conveying the customer's message in a clear way. Our team is proud of every sign and plaque we produce, and we hope you will enjoy and value the products we build for you. We stand behind all our products and offer a two-year warranty. We take great pride in our customer service, design capability, and workmanship; we are responsive, creative, flexible, and easy to work with. We guarantee customer satisfaction, even when it costs us. You will find we really are the "Friendly Signmakers"! View this short video "Candy Man at Art Sign Works" to see our craftsmen doing what they enjoy, designing and fabricating beautiful plaques. Please turn on your speakers to hear the music!

  • Paul Williamson-  President/CEO/Principal Owner  & Marketing Manager
  • Christie Valenzuela -  Admin VP, Customer Service Representative & Project Manager
  • Kevin Cohn - Senior Designer, Production Manager & Project Manager
  • Regina Irvine - Sales Manager, Customer Service Representative & Project Manager
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Olson-Skadel, - Customer Service Representative & Project Manager