WoodCraft Sign Shoppe, Richmond, Virginia
By SignCraft Magazine
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2019
In 1975, at 20 years old, Mike Keene got engaged, married his wife and moved to Colorado—all in the space of five days. In the mountains, Mike says it was either learn a trade, get into business or starve. He and his brother had a gift shop and needed a sign.
“When we learned that a double-faced 4-by-5-ft. sign would sell for $200, we decided that was the business for us!” says Mike, laughing. “I enjoyed art and woodworking, so it looked like the best of both worlds to me.”
Mike started teaching himself the trade and later attended some of veteran sign painter Larry Albright’s union apprenticeship classes in Denver. “I had to drive down from the mountains, so I couldn’t make all the classes,” says Mike. But it was the beginning of a 45-year career and sign businesses in three states. Here’s what he told SignCraft about his current business, Woodcraft Sign Shoppe in Richmond, Virginia: