The Craftsman Award 2017

Signco Craftsman entries

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Signco, based in Newton Abbot, Devon submitted three separate entries, but when it was explained that all three came from the same source, the lights went on for the judges – this guy has real skills.  A handmade sign produced from foamex but then treated and hand painted to look like rusted metal; a coffee shop sign produced using a jigsaw, hand carving and painting; and finally a pub sign routed from 10mm foamex with outlines in 23ct gold leaf and infills in bronze leaf.


Highly Commended

The Arcadian by HNS SIgns

New Scotland Yard by Graffiti Design

About Trade Etching Direct

Based 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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