Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019
This year marks thirty years in the sign business for John Liptak, who was first featured in SignCraft’s July/August 2012 issue. His shop is on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island, which is home to Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport. (If you search for Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on Wikipedia. com, you’ll see John’s “Welcome to Portsmouth” sign on that page.) The island’s population is just over 60,000.
Signs on an island:
1000 sq. ft.
ShopBot 4×8 CNC router
30-in. Graphtek plotter
This is a relatively small island, and almost all my work is done on the island. I have a lot of repeat customers, which really helps. Newport is known for its waterfront district, and the signs down there are nice-looking, with plenty of gold leaf. It’s a good market for me, because that’s what I like to do best.