This is a hand-painted, hand-sanded and finished sign by me. I use only solid pine and I love the natural knots and imperfections as they only add to the distressed look. I will not however make your sign with any split or cracked boards. Each sign will be painted front and back, then hand-sanded for that prim rustic country look, finished with a wax for indoor/outdoor use and saw-toothed hangers attached. Please specify the colors you would like used on your sign. The colors in the sample photo are Pure White background and Chocolate Brown lettering. The sign measures 9.25" H & 24" length.