Handmade Quarterboards

Our heirloom-quality quarterboards and signs add a nautical, Old World feel to your boat, home, shop or special event. Learn more about the history of quarterboards, below, and contact us to begin a conversation about how we can design and create your custom, hand-crafted sign.

About Quarterboards

Quarterboard boat signs originally arose out of necessity. U.S. Maritime law in the early 1800s required that ships identify themselves with signs that displayed the vessel's name. Placing these signs on the ship's stern or quarter panel became standard practice, which led to them being named quarterboards. Because they were displayed on boats, all quarterboard signs had to me made from durable wood that could withstand harsh conditions at sea. 

Quarterboards are identifiable by their long, slim appearance. They always display an engraved word or phrase, and they generally only contain one line of text per board. They may have small images and embellishments carved into their surfaces as well.

Our Quarterboard Process

At Quarterboards and More, husband-and-wife team Bob and Vicki Guth combine their respective talents of woodcarving and painting to create beautiful custom signs that you can display indoors and out. When you order a custom quarterboard sign from us, you end up with a product that is beautiful, durable, and personalized just for you.

When you choose Quarterboards and More for your custom sign, we work with you to develop a design that fits your needs and your desired aesthetic. You give us your word or phrase, and we present you with all of your options for text font, sign shape, sign color, and additional images, symbols, and ornaments. We finish all of our signs with marine-grade sealant so that your sign will last for a long time.

Contact us today to discuss your vision for your quarterboard sign.