Noel Weber. I Bow To Thee! And A Special Woody Boater Offer!
If you are a long time reader you no doubt know I have a deep passion for lettering. Font’s, type setting, kerning, and so on have been a cornerstone of my 40 years as an art director. I can’t spell worth a crap, but that misspelled word would be kerned to microscopic perfection. Some see words, I see how letters interact.
But hand lettering is fine art. I wish I could do it well. I always have seen it as a powerful way for an artist to add a visual reference to the written word. And no one does it better than Noel Weber for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE his style. Although I have never met Noel, I can see he has a great sense of humor, is deeply caring, and generous. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to deduct that. It’s in his work. It screams of passion and depth.
Okay okay. Ya ya, I can’t quit Noel. But here is the deal, Noel put together an idea sketch book. And it’s AMAZING! It’s so beyond my capabilities, but maybe, just maybe, I can always try. After all, it’s always fun to learn new skills.
So, what about this special offer. Here it is. Buy the book at full price. That’s considerably cheaper than the priceless value of it. And it has some amazing boat lettering in there. Thats it. It’s that good, and trust me, it will never be on the table of deals at Barns and Noble. And internet? HA! No pixles, bits, Just graphite and an incredible talent. Just watch this video.
Now that is a special offer. Order yours today. No Covid delays, no Chinese parts to break. AHHHHHHHH, I love when great work all comes together and its heart warming to know this talent and craft are part of the world I live in. YOU CAN SEE MORE AND ORDER THE BOOK HERE. RIGHT HERE!!!!
Great Christmas gift!!! I know I know. A little bit early. But its a good one.
What a luscious, informative book! Did you say fonts and goldleaf? Count me in…
Neat stuff, and…. since you brought up fonts….and it may have been discussed years ago,……
Is there a commercially available font that mimics the “Chris*Craft” font as on the decals for the side of the boat?.. Late 50’s utility..? Id like to attempt that for the transom boat name and hailing port… and possibly make a fake marina sign for my boat barn…
I made a transom logo for my Uncle’s boat…so I searched and searched fonts that resemble the Chris logo. Two options are Ed’s Market Main Script and P22 Sneaky Pro. Both are free. I did tweak them both by thickening and stretching, etc. But they look pretty good! Then, just incorporate the star to give it that familiarity.
photo of project mentioned…
Thanks Kristine !
Kristine, very nice fonts. I found the P22 but not the Market Main Script for free. Can you share the site?
Wow…you struck a cord with this post. As a graphic designer/sign maker for 3 decades…I yearn to step away from the computer and the rat race… A drawing board, a pencil and paper… sounds like heaven.
Followed the link & ordered the book! Was always fascinated watching the sign painters who came to letter the race cars when I was growing up. Our family’s cars were done by Jake Dixson, who saved his vacation from his day job, to spend the month of May lettering cars at “the speedway”.
Any chance we could get the book/book’s signed by Mr. Webber? I would order 3 copies.
I would ask in your order.
Of course I’ll sign them. Thanks for your support.
Thanks, I will order them in the morning.
Matt is correct great gifts for fellow Woody Boaters
Noel recently lettered our boat while it was being restored at McCall Boatworks. Hi work is outstanding and on top of that, he is a genuinely nice guy. Buy his book and support his work!
Love that lettering
Back in the day when I would develop business plan presentations, I assembled the data to depict our vision, then amused myself by formatting it using a font with which I knew engineers would feel comfortable, even though they didn’t know what it was. Arial Rounded MT Bold was reminiscent of the ink legends on old blueprints…and I suspect it is the reason I have been drawn to DUNKIN’ DONUTS all these years.
Dang, I’m such a sucker for social (network) shopping (sigh).
Just ordered mine, I completely fell for $5 off.
Noel has been doing McCall Boat Works’ transoms for about 20 years now, starting with my first restoration. Our first boat together was RAINMAKER, a 1950 Chris Craft 19 ft racer.
Since then, he has illustrated about 30 plus boats for MBW.
The South Lake Tahoe Boat show started giving awards for Best Transom because of Noel’s work.
McCall Boat Works is very fortunate to have him in Boise, Idaho which is just 100 miles south of McCall.
Noel has become a very dear friend of mine and his talent and zest for life are humbling to me.
Great artwork. I can’t imagine the time it must take to create each letter.
Matt are you familiar with the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers Wisconsin? They have 1.5 million pieces of wood type saved from when the Hamilton Company closed. Two River is famous for creating the first ice cream sunday