CNC-cut PVC board components; letters are finished with 23K gold leaf and background is black smalts
CNC-cut 1-in. high density urethane board [HDU] letters are finished with 23K gold leaf; background is black smalts
Letters were router-carved in 1 ½-in. HDU and finished with 23K gold leaf. Background is black smalts
Router-carved PVC panel with graphic cut from 1 ½-in. HDU; letters and graphic are finished with 23K gold leaf and background is black smalts.
CNC-cut 2-in. HDU panel with cutout letters; dog was hand carved.
Letters were router-carved in 2-in. HDU panel and finished with 23K gold leaf; background is black smalts.
Router-carved ¾-in. overlaid plywood; star was cut from PVC board and finished with silver leaf.
Router-carved PVC panel with HDU bird cutout mounted on a 1/8-in. aluminum composite material backer; background is black smalts.
Letters were router-carved in a 2-in. HDU panel and finished with silver leaf; background is black smalts.
John Liptak

John Liptak

Portsmouth, Rhode Island

By signcraft

Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Shop name:
Liptak Signs

Shop size: 1000 sq. ft.

Age: 62

Graphics equipment:
ShopBot 4×8 CNC router
30-in. Graphtek plotter

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: 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.

Read this article and many more like it with a membership to SignCraft.

Already a Member? Click here to log in.
- or -
Join today for full access to all of our exclusive content!
- or -
New users get 7 days FREE — Register Now!

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x