Category Archives: Articles

Follow-up: Andy Bordi

Shop name: Bordi Designs Shop size: 450 sq. ft. plus the inside office area Age: 53 Graphics equipment: ShopBot Desktop Max CNC router… Read More

Signs and carvings from the golden age of circus

Once upon a time, circuses ruled the entertainment world. They were exotic, exciting and extravagant—especially when it came to graphics and signage. Detailed… Read More

Fabricating LED backlit PVC letters

A logo on the wall of a lobby or waiting area can create a very professional appearance and further reinforce the company’s brand…. Read More

Let’s carve a moose head

Sign making is serious business—at least most of the time. But every once in a while, a job arrives that is anything but… Read More

Tips & Tricks: Paint 3D signs the easy way

A hard rubber brayer is the easiest way to paint the raised letters on a sandblasted or router carved sign. Before, it would… Read More

Clear coat hand lettering for max durability

As clear coats on vehicles became more impervious and lead was removed from lettering enamel, many sign painters began to experience problems with… Read More

Not your typical set of semi doors

Lane Walker [Solo Signs, Reno, Nevada] does plenty of semi-truck doors. His years in the business have earned him a reputation among area… Read More

Bill Kirnec: Still painting at 84

When SignCraft spoke with Bill Kirnec last week, he was getting ready to start lettering and pinstriping another new wrecker for Sandy’s Towing… Read More

Fabricating a projecting sign

There’s something cool about a sign that projects from the wall, not hanging from a bracket but somehow attached to the wall on… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen – December 2021

Check out this creative sign work by SignCraft’s readers! We’re always interested in seeing your work or photos of great-looking signs you’ve seen…. Read More

A closer look at the results of our hourly shop rate survey

Digging a little deeper into the results of our recent reader survey on hourly shop rates provides some interesting insights into how shops… Read More

Window splashes sell cars

Car dealerships depend on marketing and promotions to bring buyers in, and signs are a very affordable way to do that. Compared to… Read More

Another sign for the Far North

With the opening of a new all-season road in Canada’s Northwest Territories we again got the call for a suitable sign. The road… Read More

Get the most from single pole mountings

Every sign need not stand on its own two legs—sometimes one is enough. A single post can make an effective mounting that adds… Read More

Tips & Tricks: Need weathered wood in a hurry? Here’s how.

Weathered wood posts and panels provide a great contrast against smooth letters and faces. RT Signs Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, uses this contrast in… Read More

Reader Survey: What’s your hourly shop rate?

“So what do other shop owners charge for their hourly rate?” We often hear that question from users of the online Sign Pricing… Read More

Letters – November 2021

The Sign Pricing Guide online calculator is up to date! We recently updated it and were surprised at the price increases for so… Read More

Profile: Alex Kurakake

Shop name: Smart Alex Signs Age: 29 Shop size: 1000 sq. ft. Online: https://smartalexsigns.com/ Instagram: @smart_alex_signs When Alex walked into Los Angeles Trade… Read More

Step by step: Making a replica of a vintage glass sign

A few years ago, the local public library contacted Duncan Wilkie of Comsign in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. While going through their vault, they… Read More

Tips & Tricks: A background outline adds to the 3D effect

Flat letters and graphics look great on CNC carved or textured backgrounds but adding CNC cut letters over the base letter can really… Read More