I stopped by to visit our friend Pete at Signworks earlier this week. Exploring this workshop is always an adventure.

I’ve known Pete for a good 12 years now, and I’ve had many interesting conversations about design and typography.

It was Pete who introduced me to gold leaf. If you see a particularly lovely sign in a window in Portland, you can be certain it was the work of “Knuckles.”

Likely you’ve seen his work on the windows of Stumptown or Woodsman.

Each window is a work of art, inviting passerby to examine the details. They are often created with a depth and dimension that evades first inspection. The black borders around the windows at The Woodsman work exceptionally well, as they seem to act as picture frames.


We’ve been encouraging Pete to put together a portfolio, and someday we hope to share it with you here.

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