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Noel B. Weber is an original Letterhead. He founded the Letterheads group along with six other Denver signpainters in the 1970s and continues to serve as a keeper of the craft. Through mentorship, he shares the traditional processes and techniques of signpainting and reverse glass gilding.

The first Letterheads meet took place at Noel and Lucy’s house in Boise, Idaho. Twenty-five people showed up, the local news station came by, and some folks slept in the backyard. From humble beginnings the Letterheads grew, with meet-ups spreading across the country. Noel hosted a second time in Boise to mark the 25th anniversary with over 400 attendees. In 2015 the Letterheads celebrated their 40th in Cincinatti at the American Sign Museum where Noel held a gilding workshop along with Dave Smith from Torquay, England. The 2017 Letterheads Meet is taking place this June in Oslo, Norway.

Prior to living in Denver, Noel studied in Chicago at the Institute of Lettering & Design. He spent two years working with pencils and brushes to achieve competency in sho’card style alphabets. The local union credited his years of education and started him out as a third-year apprentice where he worked on billboards and walls under journeymen signpainters.

Noel and Lucy were drawn to Idaho where he founded Classic Design Studios – an award winning sign-shop in the heart of downtown Boise. He executes his distinctive lettering style onto the reverse side of glass with oils, glazes and thin sheets of gold leaf. He also translates his designs into large dimensional signs which are fabricated at Classic with the help of his son.

Noel’s work has been featured many times on the cover of sign magazines, published in the speedball lettering book, and featured in a 35 year career retrospective at Ming Studios, an art gallery in Boise. He continues to design for clients and share his expertise via creative workshops. Currently, Noel is assembling a book of pencil sketches, which will be available later in 2017. You can read more about Noel’s career in this article or check out some photos from his retrospective at Ming Studios in 2015.

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Noel B. Weber is an original Letterhead. He founded the Letterheads group along with six other Denver signpainters in the 1970s and continues to serve as a keeper of the craft. Through mentorship, he shares the traditional processes and techniques of signpainting and reverse glass gilding.

The first Letterheads meet took place at Noel and Lucy’s house in Boise, Idaho. Twenty-five people showed up, the local news station came by, and some folks slept in the backyard. From humble beginnings the Letterheads grew, with meet-ups spreading across the country. Noel hosted a second time in Boise to mark the 25th anniversary with over 400 attendees. In 2015 the Letterheads celebrated their 40th in Cincinatti at the American Sign Museum where Noel held a gilding workshop along with Dave Smith from Torquay, England. The 2017 Letterheads Meet is taking place this June in Oslo, Norway.

  • 46-chevy-slideshow-cleaned
  • noel-80s
  • letterheads-70s
  • BOISE-BBQ-SLIDESHOW-NAMED
  • letterheads-2000-slideshow

Prior to living in Denver, Noel studied in Chicago at the Institute of Lettering & Design. He spent two years working with pencils and brushes to achieve competency in sho’card style alphabets. The local union credited his years of education and started him out as a third-year apprentice where he worked on billboards and walls under journeymen signpainters.

Noel and Lucy were drawn to Idaho where he founded Classic Design Studios – an award winning sign-shop in the heart of downtown Boise. He executes his distinctive lettering style onto the reverse side of glass with oils, glazes and thin sheets of gold leaf. He also translates his designs into large dimensional signs which are fabricated at Classic with the help of his son.

Noel’s work has been featured many times on the cover of sign magazines, published in the speedball lettering book, and featured in a 35 year career retrospective at Ming Studios, an art gallery in Boise. He continues to design for clients and share his expertise via creative workshops. Currently, Noel is assembling a book of pencil sketches, which will be available later in 2017. You can read more about Noel’s career in this article or check out some photos from his retrospective at Ming Studios in 2015.

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2017 Glass Gilding Workshops with Noel B. Weber

Noel has two workshops planned for 2017. Each workshop is priced under $1000 and lasts three days. Working from Noel’s original artwork, students will learn about gilding, back-painting, blending, mother of pearl and more. A small group setting offers close interaction and helpful conversation.

Contact Noel Jr at nbweber@classicdesignstudios.com for details about pricing, availability, instruction and recommended accommodations.

To see images from previous workshops, click here.

2017 Workshop Calendar

July 20th – 23rd in Astoria, Oregon

October 6th – 8th in Astoria, Oregon

 

Fonts

Noel’s fonts are currently distributed by Carmel Type Company. Links below take you to their website.

Rawhide
Lasso
Fargo

From the Archives

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Gallery Show Recap: Highlights from Noel’s career retrospective at Ming studios in 2015. More info…

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Hawkeye Forest Products: Noel narrates a series of photos from 1990 documenting the production of a seven foot gilded window. Watch the video…