Reverse Leaf Gilding

Leaf gilding has been central to American storefront design for over a century. The first accounts of gilding date back over 700 years. Early examples were simply metal foil, crudely adhered to the back of clear quartz.  Although increasingly rare, gold leafing and gilding are still among the most respected of old trades. Popularized in American signage during the boom of the early 20th century, gold leaf can bring elegance and class to nearly any building.

Today many sign shops have replaced their most respected trade with stickers. There are still a few masters left who produce priceless work but very few new gilders in the city. We are trying to help change that.

Mac Pohanka studied traditional water gilding and decorative painting for three years with the accomplished Brooklyn gilding studio, Van Gregory and Norton.