A great way to celebrate the winners at corporate and charity events is to present them with bespoke awards.
The client produced the initial designs, with the layout based on their geometric branding pattern. We discussed the scale and what would work best.
I used reclaimed and recycled materials, oak, mahogany sapele, maple and pitch pine woods to make triangular blocks. Before assembly, I selected the layout of the different woods to create apparently random colours, so each award was unique, while keeping the same triangular pattern. After I glued them together to form the patterns I planed the woods flat. Next, I shaped and polished some recycled copper, fixing the triangles to the wood to give a shiny appearance to some blocks. Once the awards were assembled I sanded everything to a very fine grade.
I added a face of gloss black Perspex to one side. This was later etched and printed with the award name, winners name and of course the sponsors details and logo. The client chose white lettering, which stood out very nicely on the black surface.
Finally, I gave these bespoke awards a coat of Danish oil then a satin acrylic lacquer finish. The lacquer will keep the wood looking good on the winners shelves for years to come.
I can make awards for your event or competition using similar materials and patterns, or something quite different which might be based on a logo or branding. Let me know what you have in mind and we can work on the design together to make your special bespoke award.
This year both Scottish Forestry and Scottish Woodlands Ltd commissioned me to make new trophies for Scotlands Finest Woods Awards 2019.
The awards ceremony took place on 21st June 2019, at the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston. See www.sfwa.co.uk for details of the presentation and the other categories and winners.
1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award
I made this trophy from some of the many different woods grown by Scottish Forestry, who commissioned this trophy. These include larch, red pine, silver birch, elm, ash and oak. I gave this trophy two coats of Danish oil which brought out the colours, then a satin lacquer finish gave it a nice sheen.
Forestry and Land Scotland North Region team for Fort Augustus Woodlands won the trophy which was presented by Fergus Ewing MSP.
Farm Woodland Award
Scottish Woodlands Ltd gave me a rough sketch of the trophy they wanted and I worked on the design.
The circular saw blade on this trophy is made from laminated maple. Jane at laserflair.co.uk did the laser etching of the trees, animals and the Scottish Woodlands Ltd logo using the image jpegs which I supplied. I made the rest of the trophy in oak, with hand turned thistle decorations on the top. Satin lacquer finished things off. I fitted the solid brass plates which have enough space for the trophy to be won and engraved for several years to come.
Lynn Cassells and Sandra Baer for Lynbreck Croft, Grantown on Spey won the trophy and Fergus Ewing MSP made the presentation.
Congratulations to all the winners !
If you are looking for a custom trophy for a presentation please get in touch. I am happy to discuss your ideas and design something special for you. Here are some other examples.
After all the hard work of the many conservation project teams nominated for the trophies, the ceremony for the Nature of Scotland Awards 2013 finally took place. The winners were announced on 30th October at the Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh. My involvement had been to design and make the actual trophies.
The brief had been to use sustainably sourced local timber. I chose to use Scottish elm and sycamore. The trophy recipients details were all engraved directly onto the wood bases. The titles of the award categories and the sponsors names were also engraved. The wood was then given an oil and lacquer finish, which felt good to the touch and was durable.
A recent commission was a cricket ball and base, both decorative. It involved both wood turning and carving. Turning for the shape of the ball and the base, and carving the detail on the ball – 6 rows of stitching! It is a copy of a 1937 match ball. This one is turned from Laburnum although Oak or a fruitwood would also work well. It was made for a private client but I have put the image into the Trophies Gallery as it could be an excellent trophy or award for a cricket team or individual player.
This presentation chanter stand was recently commissioned as an award for a piper completing a pipe majors course. The main base was maple, with two hand turned and carved rosewood columns supporting the chanter. A brass plate was engraved and fitted before being presented.
I borrowed a chanter from a friend who plays the bagpipes so I could get the curves right. I also used the borrowed instrument for the photo.
The completed base was given two coats of Danish oil and finished with a satin lacquer to keep it maintenance free.
See some examples of my other trophies here. They were all made for special presentations for achievement.
The design of a chanter stand can be tweaked to allow for more than one chanter, for example. If you prefer blackwood or ebony instead of rosewood to match your chanter then that could be arranged. I only buy exotic hardwoods in small amounts for specific projects, and always from Cites certified sources. So it is always from a sustainable source.
The base could be carved or engraved directly onto the wood. The base could also be a different wood – oak, ash or elm are other good alternatives. You choose.