Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

Put the background to work

One of the things that can create visual interest and draw that critical “second look” that gets the sign’s message read is to… Read More

CNC routers mean new opportunities

Sourcelist These companies offer products for CNC sign production and reach sign pros through SignCraft: CNC equipment AXYZ CAMaster Industries Gerber Scientific Products… Read More

Lines, Harleys and blues in Durango

On his Facebook page, Kirk James’s subtitle says, “Plays blues guitar, rides Harleys and pinstripes hot rods!” That pretty well sums it up…. Read More

Designers at work: Ralph Toews and Sons

When he was about 15, Ralph Toews rode his bike to the sign shop of John Henry Friesen, an outstanding sign painter whose… Read More

Design & Price: Boat lettering

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

Joe and Sandy Paffoon

Shop name: Boardwalk Designs Shop size: 5000 sq. ft. Staff: 10 Age: Joe is 69 Graphics equipment: Two HP latex printers Two Gerber… Read More

Kevin Woolbert

Shop name: Second Wind Signs Shop size: 2000 sq. ft. Age: 54 Graphics equipment: Roland printer ShopBot CNC router 24-in. Graphtec cutter Online:… Read More

What’s it cost to letter this vehicle?

Materials: Two yards of black intermediate vinyl film, with application tape: $6 CDN 6 sq. ft. of digital prints, with laminate: $54 CDN… Read More


Forty years of lettering vintage locomotives In 1979, when the California State Railroad Museum needed someone to hand paint the original graphics on… Read More

Shop Trucks

Send us a photo of your shop truck today at or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Get our Trade Secrets e-letter You’ll get even more great tips in our free Trade Secret e-letter each month. You can sign up… Read More

How does your sign business compare?

A couple of weeks ago, we asked Trade Secrets readers to tell us a little about their work and their sign businesses. The… Read More

You did their sign. How about their T-shirts?

Next time you’re in a store, take note of all the printed t-shirts on the people around you, many advertising local businesses. Printed… Read More

Digital printing: almost everywhere

It seems there is no end to opportunities to use digital printing for signage. Vehicles, walls, illustrations, floors, windows, banners—you find digital prints… Read More

Pinstriped panels for fun and profit

In my free time, and in an effort to make extra cash, I use panels as a nice experiment in color and designing… Read More

Designer at work: David Showalter

David Showalter sent us photos of his shop truck in SignCraft’s early days. He was a young, creative sign painter with a very… Read More

Jason Hakki

Shop name: Rapid Gantry Custom Signs Shop size: 1000 sq. ft. Age: 30 Graphics equipment: MultiCam CNC router Laser engraver Online: On… Read More

Matt Beckner

Shop name: Ion Graphics Shop size: 2400 sq. ft. Age: 42 Graphics equipment: Roland VersaCAM 300SP Graphtec 6000 Series cutter Summa 60 cutter… Read More

Design & Price: 3D hanging sign

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More


Mike Lavallee: 1960-2020 Mike Lavallee, pinstriper, airbrush artist and sign painter, died on April 14, 2020. Mike was the highly respected creator of… Read More