Another year over, a new one just begun. How quickly the world turns.
We are so privileged to be able to have our lettering in such venerated establishments. Towards the end of the year we supplied an Honours Board which now sits proudly in Pall Mall.
This year has seen a lot of work to traditional oak panelling. Before the start of the cricket season, Mill Hill School had considerable restoration work done to their pavilion. Pity the builders working in the snow at the top of the hill, sliding up and down with all of the requisites. Not many pictures at present, but here is the crest which I freshened up, keeping the patina from the past.
We had large areas of new panel work made up and this was fitted at either end onto the walls. Later we installed some similar but substantially smaller panels into one of the Dorm Houses at Wellington College.
In both instances, it was important to ensure that the new panelling lined up as closely as possible with the original panels.
The earlier signwriters from Mill Hill had rather a quirky style which we emulated. When our colleagues from Bower Wood Production Services were asked to provide stage scenery for a play that included a pre-war school set, we employed some of the same idiosyncracies to boards which the scenery painters had given specially aged effects.
Another large Honours board was made in walnut to our specification by Bennett Bothers of Crowthorne. By contrast this was lettered in the “Trajan” font, which- although timeless- seems to be considered more contemporary by designers at it is easily accessible in computer design packages with a choice of weights and typographic characters that can be used globally.
We also used “Trajan” for new signs at Gordon’s School, this time in gold leaf on a forest green background with black shadow. We fitted hanging signs above the Dormitory House entrances, double sided to be viewed along the Parade Ground and these incorporated the crest as seen on the Reception wall.
The other globally popular font we often mention “Gotham” was employed for a company called “Tortoise and Hare”, established at Smithbrook Kilns, but moving into a shop in Bramley High Street. The weather was so appalling just before the shop opened that we had to manhandle the canvas blind into the shop so that the letters could be painted on overnight. See http://wwww.tortoiseandthehare.co.uk
Throughout the year we have been proud to help with further redevelopments at Reading Blue Coat School and many other schools, prep schools and colleges. Work for the Army at Deepcut for the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) and at Arborfield for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) some of which was to cherished boards charting the history of the Regiment. Wellington College work also included their Pavilion at Bisley at the National Rifle Centre. The eclectic buildings at Bisley have an air of The Raj about them and the strangeness was perhaps enhanced when I happened to be there coinciding with a meeting of American vehicle enthusiasts who like to live the dream apparently “Getting their kicks pre ’66” see Hotrod Hayride on Google or YouTube.
Just about to open as this is posted is an exhibition at Watts Gallery called “The Big Issues” for which we have created the exhibit labels see http://wattsgallery.org.uk/learning/big-issues
London Clancy allow us to work on sites in the Basingstoke area. One of their tenants had this sign fitted at Ramsdell at the Old Brick Kilns.
Tray signs painted to silver were also added to the existing entrance feature at this site in Hook.