Sean Beauchamp, 39, of Grover Beach crafted his first sign at 13. At 18, the self-taught artisan began connecting with old-school professionals to learn specialized arts such as gold leaf, carved foam and chipped glass. Now, as the co-owner of Southpaw Sign Company, he allows youth to job shadow him. Southpaw restored San Luis Obispo’s Wineman Hotel sign and gold leaf on the city Fire Department’s 1923 Seagrave Chemical Engine. Beauchamp and his wife, Deborah Hansen, run Southpaw with three employees, earning more than a dozen Beautification Awards from the city’s Downtown Association. “It is important to him to do things that beautify our downtown and community,” says Hansen.
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