This is really
interesting OB! I'm going to have a go when I have a bit more time. (when... )
I love the sign shop - I can almost smell the enamels, turps and reducer!
Before my husband started his Wildlife Photography degree he made his living as an artist/signwriter.
They're like budgie's teeth round here - it's all vinyl and no skill these days. He's worked in Germany/Norway/Spain etc where they still appreciate the old skills . He still does a bit round here too if they offer enough!
He recognised the bit there (next to the work in progress) that your mate uses for cleaning off his brush ! And the mahl stick - it looks like he makes his own like Gary used to.