Sonny Franks at Sign Creations in Lilburn, GA knows how to make a good sign. After graduating from high school in 1969, he was faced with options of working at Dairy Queen, driving a taxi, working for a concrete company or apprenticing at a sign shop. He decided to try his hand in the signage industry.
Starting out lettering windows eventually turned into an offer to produce a sandblasted sign. Longtime sign maker Bob Bretschneider took him under his wing and showed him the finer points of making a sandblasted sign. Sonny now owns a full-service sign shop, Sign Creations. You can see more pictures on his website here.
Sonny’s first experience with Precision Board Plus HDU was using material donated by Coastal Enterprises to a letterhead meet many years back. The time it saved over wood by eliminating laminating time, as well as the ease of cutting and carving made him a return customer.
Sonny recently assisted in the preparation for the grand opening of the American Sign Museum, located in Cincinnati, OH. Featuring a “Main Street theme”, over 28 different sign painters attended for a “blitz week” of hand painting. With so many talented sign industry professionals present, someone wondered just how many years of experience they had altogether. After some calculation, the final answer turned out to be a grand total of 960 years of experience!
The American Sign Museum has its grand opening this Saturday, June 23rd 2012 in Cincinnati, OH and tickets are $10.00.
This mural was painted by Sonny:
A great video of the “Main Street Blitz Week” can be seen here.