Thanks to Boy Scout Thomas Boyer, and a few of his fellow scouts from Troop 975, Lake Murray has a new sign and a refurbished bulletin board at its main entrance.
The new sign was Boyer’s Eagle Scout Service Project, which he began 18 months ago after getting approval from Lake Murray reservoir keeper Gayle Havens.
Boyer learned woodworking with Paul Lawrance, who volunteered his time to teach him how to sand, plane and glue together the pieces of redwood to make the Lake Murray sign. At home, Boyer finished the relief on the top, stained and painted the sign. After designing how the sign should look, he took his plans to Creative Metal Industries in Santee. There he had a complete tour of how a stainless-steel sign is etched, cut and attached to the wood.
On Jan. 13, Boyer and 18 fellow scouts installed the new sign. They also refurbished the bulletin board by sanding, painting and staining the wood, and by replacing the cork face.
Now that the project is complete, Boyer will soon attend a Court of Honor ceremony and receive his Eagle Scout medal.