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NotTheSignShop Maker Studio | Middlesex, Vermont

We are Not. Not The Sign Shop.

We are a Vermont-based Maker studio pursuing novel applications of technologies and materials, exploring connections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working, and building the unconventional in an improvisational style.

Happily at the intersection of CUSTOM DESIGN, NON-TRADITIONAL SIGNMAKING, and the EXPERIMENTAL, we partner with our clients to help the space around them convey who they are quickly, effectively, and with lasting results.

NotTheSignShop is a loose collaboration among several artists. To grant the artistic freedom and ability-to-experiment that anonymity provides, regular members receive an artist tag. Currently on the site are the works of Unruly-e, Pooks, and Fluffy.

Our IRL shop is on a dirt road just north of Tangletown, in Middlesex, Vermont and open by appointment.

Our smaller items (read: "shippable-sized stuff") are offered for sale in our Etsy Storefront. This is the place to find things like our famous Well Water Signs, cut-t…

This never happens: it started simple and ended simple


Seriously. When was the last time that worked out? We're here to tell the tale.

Goal: make a way to hold a pin (push, safety. or otherwise) for an extended period of time in an easy-to-use poking position. The caveat - be able to swap out the pin when it inevitably gets dull.

We decided to go with a thimble to hold the pin on the end of a finger, a map pin to tuck into the base of the thimble (pointy end out of course), and a new-to-us product called InstaMorph (IM).


We drilled a hole in the business end of the thimble and set it in place to receive the IM once the plastic was heated and pliable.


The heat gun would, being a heat gun, blow the IM pellets around unless it was shielded. A simple make later (accompanied by thoughts relating to drug paraphernalia), and we had a heat-transferring, breeze-blocking tool-for-melting.


The warm IM was gathered into a ball and worked around the pin into the base of the thimble.


A little bit of cooling later and Huzzah! A bubble-deflating, non-hand-cramping super tool with a replaceable pin - just reheat the IM and tug it back out. Love it when a plan comes together.