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Meet Michael McCarthy of Yankee Woodcarvers & Signs in Plymouth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael McCarthy.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The McCarthy family were lobstermen for five generations in the town of Scituate Mass and in 1969 my father Paul started his first Woodcarving shop. It is from my father that I learned the Art of Woodcarving. For many years we worked together making signs and sculpture. We also taught over 1000 students holding classes in the 70’s & 80’s. In 1996, I opened my first shop in Braintree, MA carving over 10,000 projects for residential and commercial customers serving the Boston & South Shore communities for 20 years. In 2016, we moved the business to 63 Court Street, in Plymouth, MA. This is a unique working shop and studio where tourists and locals can come in to see the “old way” of carving. Our work is all done with hand tools and knives and painted with brushes. No computers are used to produce our products and no machines or digital layouts.

Everything is done by hand. Specialties include Quarterboards, Tavern-style signs, Family Crests, Eagles and Sculptures; all custom made to order. Signs are guaranteed for a minimum of ten years against the elements. Visit America’s hometown of Plymouth where the Art of Woodcarving highlights tools of years past that are still being used today.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
“Being an Artist isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient, and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer, the visionary and the doer” – Michael McCarthy

Please tell us about Yankee Woodcarvers & Signs.
With over 20,000 projects combined between the McCarthy shops, there isn’t much that we have not carved.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
In looking back, I wish I had purchased commercial space.


  • Quarterboards starting $200 & up
  • Tavern-style signs starting at $150 & up
  • Family Crests starting at $120 and up
  • Eagles starting at $300 and up

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  1. Steve LoBue

    September 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    What a great article!

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