Category Archives: Articles

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

Tips from 55 years of sign painting

Back when every sign was hand painted every day, sign painters were expected to do a job right the first time, as efficiently… 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

Making the most of initial-based brands

For most sign shops, company names that use initials can be the most challenging to build brands for. Many clients come to us… 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

A sign-making family builds an inn

The Hazelnut Inn project has now been underway for four long years. The inn is on the grounds of our shop and will… Read More

Get the letter spacing right

Computer fonts are typically designed with a generous number of “kerning pairs”. Kerning refers to the spacing between any two letters in a… 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

Before and After

One of the most popular sections of the very early issues of SignCraft was the “Before and After” articles of George Seelander. It… 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

Essential tools: Pounce wheels and perforated patterns

For decades, sign makers used a simple tool called a pounce wheel to make perforated patterns. Those patterns were used to help with… 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

Design Clinic: A-frame sign

Sign, sign—everywhere a sign, as the song goes! On any daily journey, you are sure to be exposed to loads of sign-related messages… Read More