High density urethane board [HDU], PVC board, aluminum, gold leaf vinyl, neon, copper and steel muffler pipes
CNC-routed PVC letters with a digital print on an aluminum disk
Fabricated aluminum with a faux finish done with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint, with incandescent and LED bulbs
CNC-routed stainless steel and aluminum letters
Aluminum channel letters with translucent vinyl on polycarbonate faces, lit with Sloan LEDs
Fabricated aluminum with faux finish done with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint, with incandescent and LED bulbs
Fabricated aluminum with faux finish done with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint, with incandescent and LED bulbs
CNC-routed HDU board, acrylic and aluminum, lit with Sloan LEDs
CNC-routed HDU letters finished with 23K gold leaf on an aluminum panel, with custom LED lighting
50 series aluminum, CNC-routed HDU letters sprayed with Matthews polyurethane, mounted on aluminum; shading was hand-lettered to enhance the convex effect.
Letters are CNC-cut aluminum composite material on black felt behind a clear polycarbonate panel, with a frame of CNC-routed PVC board
Cut vinyl lettering on vacuum formed polycarbonate bubbles, with CNC-cut PVC ornaments on aluminum panel backlit with GE LEDs
CNC-routed HDU letters with LED halo lighting on fabricated aluminum panel with LED faceted bulbs on arrow
All aluminum cabinet with CNC-routed face with polycarbonate letters, lit with LEDs powered by the standalone solar power on top
These tap handles use laserable plastic, cut vinyl and laser etching on aluminum, brass and cork on walnut.
CNC-carved HDU letters finished with 23K gold leaf, on acrylic with trim cap contour outline and LED lighting, mounted on an aluminum background panel with real bamboo top and bottom borders
Fabricated aluminum arrow and letters, faux finished with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint and lit with LED faceted bulbs
Laser-cut acrylic letter panel in cabinet of HDU with aluminum details, faux finished with Matthews acrylic polyurethane paint
Jeannie and Redgie

Redgie Adams

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Shop name:
Adams Signs

Shop size: 2600 sq. ft.

Age: 69

Staff: Redgie Adams and Jon Moore

Graphics equipment:
MultiCam CNC router
Roland VersaCAMM 540i
Epilog Fusion 40 laser
Thermal Dynamics Plasma cutter
Graphtec FC4100 cutter

Online:
On Instagram as @rasigncrafter
“I have a fascination with the unusual things,” says Redgie Adams. “I don’t like to do the run-of-the-mill stuff. It just doesn’t excite me. Fortunately we’ve got our own little niche, and we have customers who want our kind of work.” For close to 50 years, Redgie has been turning out creative signs and graphics from his Arkansas shop.

He’s carved out a market for his brand of unique projects by doing everything from store and restaurant interiors to displays and custom furniture. Eventually the out-of-the-ordinary became the ordinary work at his two-man shop, which sits beside his home in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

A focus on custom: When someone calls and says, “Hey, I need a price on a set of channel letters…” I explain that we don’t do those. I do them for my regular clients, but I don’t look for that sort of work. We turn away most of the standard rectangular signs, too. We’re really not interested in putting that work out on the street. You have to go where you like to go, where you want to go. You can’t go where others would steer you.

If they want something unique, though, we can help them. When you do something different and interesting on a sign it immediately gives that sign a huge edge over all the other signs out there.

From lettering to blasted to fabricated: I got started in 1971. I was a sign painter and did whatever sign work I had to out of my 12-by-16 carport. Before long, a customer asked me to make some redwood signs so I learned how to do sandblasted signs. This turned into a great market for me. There was only one other sign shop here making sandblasted signs at the time, and it seemed like everybody wanted one.

Then I got to a point where I couldn’t be around redwood board without sneezing. I was allergic to it. I started looking for other ways to make 3-D signs and learned about fabricating letters.

Shop and staff: From the carport, I moved to a 20-by-30 shop for several years before Jeannie and I bought this home, which had a building next door that I could use for a shop. We added on to that and have been here ever since. It’s a 32-by-82 shop, but I have quite a few lean-tos and storage buildings, too.

Jon Moore has worked with me for 30 years. He’s my computer guy and runs the router and the printer. He’s a genius. He knows a little about most everything. I’d rather do hands-on stuff—I’d rather make sawdust than sit behind the computer.

The market and the customers: Most of our work is in the Little Rock and North Little Rock area. It’s not a huge market—the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway area has a population of about 750,000. But they keep us busy, and we get to do the kind of interesting work that we like.

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