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Antique fishing magazines, postcards inspire handmade "Vintage Cabins Signs" Submitted: 08/18/2017
Natalie Cardona
Natalie Cardona
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Antique fishing magazines, postcards inspire handmade
MANITOWISH WATERS - Northwoods tourism thrives off of fishing, hunting, and lake life.

Sometimes, people want to take a piece of that Northwoods culture home with them.

You might not recognize this sign in its beginning stages.

Mike Patek makes these handmade signs under the name "Vintage Cabin Signs" in Manitowish Waters. He controls everything from the cut to the paint.

His signs go all over the country. They're based off of Northwoods vacation images from the 30s and 40s; think old fishing magazines, travel posters, and postcards.


"Some of them need a certain softness to it. And that can really only be done by hand," says Patek.

The aged, rusty, worn and torn look doesn't take years to get that way, it's hand done.

Mike has silk screened since he was about 14. The process hasn't worn on him yet.

" It's different. You're never doing the exact same thing every day," says Patek.

He is always finding "new" antique images to use for inspiration in his work.

"There's more out there than I will ever be able to do. It's picking the ones you like that's the hardest part

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