By Benjamin Cohn
Weaverville – 764 New Stock Road is now home to Flying Pig Signs, according to owner Sharon Webb. The company started in Canton but has since expanded to their new location on New Stock Road.
“We still have our Canton shop open,” Webb said. Her son now handles the day-to-day operations of the Canton store. When the owner of a local sign company wanted to sell, Webb seized the opportunity for expansion.
Flying Pig’s handles many types of manufacturing, according to Webb, and signs are only a portion of what they can do.
“We also do screen printing, t-shirts, so we have a huge automatic screen printing press. We actually do vinyl cutting, printing, magnets, banners, decals, lots of stuff,” said the shop’s owner.
“We do CNC plasma cutting,” Webb revealed. “We have a plasma cutter that we can actually use to make signs.” CNC, or computer numerical controlled, plasma cutting involves “cutting through electrically conductive materials by utilizing an accelerated jet of hot plasma that is directed right at the material being cut,” according to Computer Numerical Control’s website.
Webb explained how her business got started. “When we decided to purchase the CNC cutter, we started actually doing just a few festivals and craft fairs, selling it that way. Then we had friends who requested porch railings, so we got started doing that.”
Much of Webb’s business comes from individuals wanting to incorporate some form of art into their home. “Most of what we do is [what] people want for decoration. We also cut railings, beautiful railings, for porches,” she said.
The Tribune inquired as to the origins of Webb’s attraction to metals. “I have always been fascinated with something that you could design in metal. I love metal and I’ve had a lot of metal at my house for years.”