Hand lettered with 1 Shot enamel paint on layers of aluminum composite material
Sandblasted and carved 18-lb. SignFoam HDU board, with letters finished with 23K gold leaf
Digital print
Hand lettered with 1 Shot enamel paint
The letters were cut from 18-lb. SignFoam HDU board, tooled with the Dremel Rotary Tool, then applied to the redwood cutout wood sign panel. The sandblasting, tooling and painting were done at Gary Anderson’s Bloomington Design in Bloomington, Indiana.
Hand lettered with 1 Shot enamel paint
Hand lettered with 1 Shot enamel paint
David’s panel for the 2020 Brushmasters Charity Auction at Chicago’s World of Wheels, where it was bought by an employee of the Chip Foose Group, a top custom auto design group.
Sandblasted and carved 18-lb. SignFoam HDU board, with letters finished with 23K gold leaf

Designer at work: David Showalter

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

David Showalter sent us photos of his shop truck in SignCraft’s early days. He was a young, creative sign painter with a very cool 1950 Chevy pickup as his shop truck. We asked to see more of his work, and that led to his profile in the July/August 1985 issue of SignCraft.

Thirty-five years later, David is still a prolific sign maker, turning out signs and truck lettering for his hometown of Bryan, Ohio, and the surrounding towns. He still has it bad for classic cars and street rods, too. When SignCraft talked with him late in a spring day at the shop, David was getting ready to take his 1955 Chevy Delray Club Coupe for a drive.

I’m lucky enough to have gotten started in the business in the days of hand lettering, so I do both paint and vinyl, along with 3-D signs, vehicles and other work. I hand letter, cut-and-roll, and use vinyl. I often combine two or three of those on the same sign even. I just do whatever is most practical for the final product.


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