Creating a ‘boulder’ look
Wildseed Farms owner John Thomas has added even more to the offerings at his destination facility.
Thomas purchased a nine-county franchise of Boulder Designs-Hill Country, a business dedicated to creating processed concrete signs for business and home use. (Counties include Gillespie, Blanco, Kendall, Bandera, Kerr and Bexar.)
Hill Country style
One element of the signs that attracted Thomas the most was how well they fit with the style of the Hill Country.
Unlike other stone, the material used at Boulder Designs, processed concrete, requires little maintenance and can last forever.
“You see a lot of older signs made from natural stones and this looks like a native stone that will last forever instead of chipping or discoloring,” Thomas said. “The signs are very attractive and go along with the Hill Country look.”
The signs will not have to be replaced every five to 10 years, Thomas said.
“It’s a nice, established look,” he said.
The signs can also be moved with an eye bolt rather than staying in one place forever.
Thomas said he also works with the cities and counties to make sure the signs match the ordinances set.
Making the signs
All of the work that goes into the signs is done in Fredericksburg in about two to three weeks.
“We build the boulders here in Fredericksburg and utilize some of the help we have here at the farm,” Thomas said.
All different sizes and shapes are offered as well as 10 different colors. The signs are structured, which prevents future cracking.
Signs can range from something like the new sign at Backwoods BBQ or a small paver placed in a front yard. Thomas can even make a wine dispenser, a perfect addition for a backyard.
The content on the signs is also customizable, using a plasma cutter which is then stamped onto the boulder.
The company has the official college licenses to make stones for University of Texas, Baylor University, Texas A&M University and more. Fredericksburg Independent School District, St. Mary’s School and even Mason Independent School District logos are also available.
“From ranch entrances to address markers, business signage, I think this look is very Hill Country,” Thomas said.
Before the customer makes a payment, a designer can inlay a photo of the proposed design in a picture of their space to make sure it matches what they want.
“This allows us to match the boulder to the colors around it and we know what it will look like, before the rock even arrives,” Thomas said.
Cost is dependent on the shape and size of the rock but Thomas estimates the cost at about $1.40-$1.50 per pound.
Flag pole bases can also be made and customized.
Delivery options are available at an additional cost.
To view more of the products Thomas and Boulder Designs offers, go online to www.boulderdesigns.com/franchise/john-thomas or visit the grounds at the Wildseed Farms.
Boulder Designs-Hill Country
• Franchise Owner: John Thomas
• Established: April 2018
• Addresses: 425 Wildflower Hills Suite C (products can also be viewed at Wildseed Farms).
• Phone: 830-998-9300
• Primary business: Signs
• Employees: 8