The Craftsman Award

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This award celebrates traditional sign making skills. Entries can be complete signs created using traditional methods or can be signs produced using modern techniques but which include a hand-crafted element.

Entries should not previously have been entered for a British Sign Award

  • Entries should incorporate elements created using at least one craft skill, (e.g etching, engraving, sign-writing, hand-painting, carving, gilding, sand-blasting etc)
  • Provide a brief, bullet-point description of your project(s)
  • Provide a brief background to your business and your craft skills (not obligatory)
  • Provide visual images of your project(s)(up to 4  high quality images, each at 1 – 2 MB)


Judging Criteria

The judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate the application of traditional skills to help create effective signage for the modern era..  Artistry and visual impact are of paramount importance.

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Closing date for receipt of entries for this award is Friday, 8th September, 2017

About Trade Etching Direct

trade etching logosBased in Corby, Northants, Trade Etching Direct (TED) offers a facility to etch metal signs for signmakers throughout the country.

Managing director Anthony Dullaghan said they were delighted to sponsor the ‘Craftsman Award’ at the British Sign Awards. “Etching is one of the oldest methods of producing signs in metal and we feel it is important that the industry’s traditional skills continue to be appreciated and used.”

While the signs produced by TED reflect a traditional approach, the equipment it uses to create the signs employs the very latest in etching technology. Anthony Dullaghan worked for many years in the family business – Masteretch, a world-leader in the development and manufacture of etching equipment – before starting TED.

“I realised there was an opportunity for a business that could provide first class etching and we now offer a fast, high quality service to a growing customer base which includes many sign makers as well as other industries.

“Using TED is like having your own etching department without having to invest in equipment and specialist staff. We offer a 100% quality guarantee, fast turnaround and prices that provide an excellent margin for our customers.”

TED now provides chemical etching and engraving, photofabrication, and magnesium and zinc etching and works with a huge range of metals including stainless steel, brass, copper, bronze and aluminium.

Trade Etching Direct has will again produce the trophies for this year’s awards. “We are determined to produce a series of trophies that the winners will be proud to receive and display,” said Anthony.

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