Rustic Marlin Hanover home design custom wooden signs decor

HANOVER – It all started with a sign. Well, two.

When Brian and Melanie O’Neil got married in 2012, they made a pair of custom signs to use as wedding decorations. The signs took weeks to make and were fashioned from whatever materials the couple happened to have lying around. It was a fun thing to do for a few weekends, Melanie said, and they had no idea what would come of it.

Now, almost 10 years later, the same love-struck and DIY-obsessed couple run a massive sign-making operation in Hanover called Rustic Marlin, where their team can easily churn out hundreds of wooden home and event décor signs per day. 

“We made those two signs and we thought that was that. Then people we knew wanted them and started asking and even then we were like ‘Oh, OK, we like to be busy. We can do that,'” Melanie said. “There was never a moment that we say downand said, ‘Let’s start a business,” but it just grew and grew and grew.”