The J. W. Sawyer from Portland with the crew and investors.

Other Jobs

Boat lettering, sign painting,
and miscellaneous gilding.

I began my career in 1972 in a shop that restored antique vehicles. In 1973 I became an apprentice sign painter. I worked with two mean old guys who could paint beautifully and gave up their secrets slowly. When I moved to the Maine coast, I worked with another old painter. We traveled to small towns and islands painting names on work boats and yachts.

Serenity getting her bow scroll gilded. My gilding crate and kit are on the float. Sea Horse painted name on dingy. Brilliandt in Rockport Marine's travel lift. T. Harbor from Harts Neck. Fairweather built by Lyman-Morse in Thomaston ME. Work boat name Rockland Gulf Engine turned gold leaf name Pemetic. Port Clyde Maine harbor piers in sailing days. Hand cut vinyl lettering of custom calligraphy Tamarindo Split shadow effect on lobster boat Shadow. Preparing for the launch of a four masted schooner. Bellatrix early morning at the Pendleton Yacht Yard dock. Charm transom simple red on white old photo of Maine lobster men weighing their catch.
Painted sign for Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum. Main Street near the lighthouse long ago. Gilded sign with a mahogany frame for Kevin Solsten Cabinetmaker.Window sign with beautifully tarnishing varigated composition leaf letters. Glass sign for obscure Brotherhood. Old style pin-striping on back of a sign.

    I have pinstriped more than just fire engines. There are more detailed photos on the Sign Painting page.

Brush Runabout running along.Hansom cab with pin-stripes not visible in this photo. The Mustach Ranch's hay wagon built by the Southwest Wagon & Wheel Works.
Wurlitzer pipe organ with all its bells and whistles. Side of Wurlitzer pipe organ consol gilded by Peter Achorn. Gilding tools with three leaves laid on carved wood molding.
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