When Paul came by our shop to discuss signage options for an old firehouse in Pittsville, MD I didn’t really know what to think.  All I knew is that he had a vision and wanted it to look modern while using some of the old brick on the building.  In theory we told him that we could do raised lettering off a printed or glossy background, but the more we thought about it we figured maybe we should do raised PVC lettering on the building itself!  We used the negative space from the router cutout as a template and first started with the large PVC letters securely screwed into the building.  Next we took identical brushed aluminum letters and used adhesive to bond them to the letters, that way the screw holes were hidden and the signs have a brushed aluminum sort of industrial look.  For the front sign we went a different route, using a large glossy black aluminum background with raised PVC lettering on top.  This was because there was an existing sign there that didn’t have the same beautiful brick hiding underneath.  Lastly (or not, we’ll see) we did some menu board holders for Paul.  He wanted printed wooden menu board holders that could be used over and over with the daily specials menu printed and attached using a clip.  All in all this project pushed us to think outside what we had done before and experiment with some new ideas.  Everything turned out amazing, they are open for business, and the food is top notch.  Located on Gumboro Rd. in Pittsville, MD its only a couple minutes off Route 50 and well worth the detour.  Thank you Paul for the business!


Paul Suplee

Owner, boxcar40