Winter is coming and the shorter days and dampening conditions give us even less time to complete exterior work, so it is nice to have plenty of inside jobs. Over the “summer” school break we had lots of regular honours boards to update. Sometimes refurbishment work enables us to recreate extremely individual hand lettering from the past and such was the case re-lettering some hard to read Memorial names from both World Wars on oak panelling. The capital letter A is particularly hard to decipher.
Hopefully somewhat easier to understand and extremely interesting to read was the text on the historical plaques which we recently installed at Reading Blue Coat School in the new Richard Aldworth building explaining the history both of Aldworth and the former buildings on the site.
Further work at Wellington College recently has included further designation of the Howard Gardner inspired Eight Aptitudes within the redeveloped Mallinson Library which, prior to his Olympic Ceremonial appearance, had been visited by Sir Tim Berners-Lee creator of the World Wide Web.
Other work at the College included stainless steel lettering within the waterfall of the Princes’ Quad and a visit to the Wellington sponsored Academy in Wiltshire allowed the installation of sign assemblies to the dormitory block echoing their sister dorms at the original establishment.
Visits to London facilitated work at Guy’s Tower for the Dental School, fixing within Covent Garden piazza for Pylones and signage at High Holborn in the shadow of Gray’s Inn for the West Cornwall Pasty Co.
Interior work at Surrey Science Park meant literally “going around the bend” by painting lettering in the reception area around a 90 degree bend.
I mentioned recently to an old Crowthorne resident Aubrey Vaughan that I had sometimes thought of asking some of the longer established local businesses if they still have pictures of their old vehicles which Allen Thrower had worked on. I was obliged to receive the following photograph in the post which he dates back to 1968. Allen worked on both the sign and the vehicle which although it is not obvious in the photograph was gold leaf gilded. I re-panelled and re-lettered the sign later, possibly more than once, certainly for John Nicholson.
We have added graphics to more horseboxes at JMB Horsepower in the last couple of months. Branding them with the “Virtue” insignia added to the leaping horse design, zig-zag side stripe and flying crescent of earlier vehicles.