Handmade signs done in the way they were when advertising was an art form loved and admired by all. Designed to create the best possible image to make your business stand out from the others. Traditional signwriting has its own beauty and charm that goes so far in putting a message across.

This Victorian inspired sign is at Llangollen Wharf. It's aimed at the many walkers and boaters who pass here in their hundreds almost daily along the canal. It realy is just a long list of services provided by the tea rooms, but put across in this charming way can't help but get it noticed.

This 12'6" oar was shipped to Boston MA as a gift from Shrewsbury School. Commemorative oars like this one is just one of many traditions that the signwriter plays an essential role in preserving.


After many years....best part of thirty... finding and using the right brush is very important. When I decided to teach the craft this became even more important. Along with A.S.Handover of London we developed and made these fine brush sets. They are capable of the finest lettering.


Two day sign writing courses concentrating on the two most important styles of lettering ever known, ROMAN and Copperplate. Learn how to draw and understand the construction of these alphabets using purpose made charts and drawing squares. Then learn to paint in the classical signwriting style with custom made brushes. 

For more info please contact www.betterletters.co

Talks, presentations, newspaper, magazine, social media and television, is something that I have done in the UK and overseas for almost 20 years on my work and the profession as a whole. Please contact me for more information.


Hand Lettering, San Francisco, USA, 20-22nd April 2018.

Gold Leaf, Berlin, Germany May 2018 


For the tradition signwriter modern vehicle livery has all but ceased to exist, instead I am often commissioned for prestige projects. These 1940's fire engines are part of a private collection for the Sultan of Brunei. Each has about 500 feet of 23 1/2 carat gold leaf lining. Other vehicles of recent have included a Formula 1 car and a 1924 Rolls Royce.

A good picture can make a sign, it can make it wonderful.

Home grown oak, all mortise, tenon and peg jointed. Square cut finials and painted enamel sign for a true reflection of quality for this business.

The restoration of heraldry, crests and coats of arms is an important role for the signwriter. Commissioned by Bam Nuttall on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2012. Details on our Heraldry page.

Royal Shrewsbury School in Shropshire has always been passionate about recording it's history with traditional signwriting. From oak boards to chapel walls and oars there are few surfaces that don't lend themselves to the character of the brush. Click the image to see more on SHREWSBURY SCHOOL.


Antique Sign Restoration.  Our towns and cities are full of antique signs waiting for a new lease of life. This century old swing sign can once again be appreciated as a bit of wonderful street jewelery. Restored on behalf of  Chester Renaissance in January 2012.

Signwriting on walls has been about since Roman times. It is without doubt one of the most visual and cost effective forms of advertising.

Well executed wall signs are few and far between these days. Planning permission is often not an issue, but careful marking out and confident painting is. Hence the lack of these large pieces of art.

This North Wales' inn has been trading since the 14th century, I wonder how many of my predecessors have written this wall?

Arched lettering with colourful shading and hand painted roses have been a tradition on narrowboats for the past 200 years.

Traditional honours boards for schools, clubs, masonic halls and various associations.

Handmade shop signs. made with tongue and groove boards and painted in enamels.

Traditional art is an important part of signwriting. This one off reproduction oil painting is of Sir James Guthrie's "To Pastures New". The polished frame, also made by myself has a 23 carat gold leaf inline.

All work is copyright of David Kynaston © 1988