Oakhue Farm Sign

OAKHUE IS A PROPERTY in the heart of sheep country, as reflected in the Merino ram on this sign in Ashford, New South Wales. The history of these sheep is an interesting one. Although they are a well known breed in Australia, their origins really go back to Portugal, and the first Merino sheep didn’t arrive down under until 70 native sheep came on the First Fleet in January 1788. Already back in the middle ages, Merino wool was highly valued, and still today, these sheep are widely regarded as having pretty much the softest and finest wool of any other breed. Poll Merinos have no horns, while horned Merinos have handsome, spiral horns just like the one shown here. As far as the wool product goes, Merino wool is very popular for use in performance sportswear, since it has many advantages over synthetic fabrics. The wool draws moisture away from the skin (called ‘wicking’), as well as being somewhat water repellent. Though it absorbs water, it retains warmth when wet (unlike cotton and other materials) so it helps prevent hypothermia. It is one of the softest of all wools, and contains lanolin (which has antibacterial qualities), and isn’t as heavy as other wools. If this doesn’t impress, consider the world record price or $450,000 that was fetched by a Merino ram in Adelaide in 1988.

The text on this farm sign was carved using hand chisels, while the ram was a sculpted add on. Scallop carving around the artwork adds a striking finishing touch.

Carved & Painted
Sculpted Add on
Sign Size
23 " x 14 "