Literati Finds a Sign
To build the sign, Uberti again turned to W.A.P. John. "The pieces are made from powder-coated aluminum," John says, "which gives you that rich, black, rounded look. We cut them with a water jet. We had to go in and hand-soften all the edges. The actual keypads themselves I had made by some people in Detroit. It's turned, high-density urethane foam.
"This stuff will last forever," John adds. "All the connectors and fasteners are stainless steel. You don't want to be going by this sign five years later and see rust coming down. You'd kill yourself."
John says he gave the Gustafsons "a helluva deal" on fabricating and installing the sign. Uberti kept his costs down, too. "I would actually have settled for some book credit," he says.
Hilary smiles at that suggestion. "Oliver offered that, but we said no, we want to do this properly and pay, especially for local people who probably need the dollars."
John's North Main business neighbor, Tom Hosford, welded the sign's support bracket. According to John, the whole thing was "kind of wiggly and delicate" until it was secured to the bracket, so the Gustafsons pitched in to lift it into place.