This is a little different and came about following a request from a customer to turn one of our bread boards into a trophy. The trophy is to be awarded annually to a member of the Farmers’ Club for their wheat growing efforts. Not being experts in wheat it is unclear to us the criteria that will determine the winner!
Solid Oak Trophy Stand
Additionally, a “keyhole” recessed wall fixing was set into the back for those winners who would like to hang the award on the wall.
Next came the stand. This elliptical design was created from scratch. Having first created a paper template of what we thought was the right size – we wanted it to be weighty enough to support the trophy but not too chunky to detract from it – we then created a plywood template. If it goes wrong in ply it is not so costly as oak! A few tweaks here and there including adjusting the recess to accommodate the trophy, we transferred the ply template to the beautiful prime European oak. After carefully cutting and routering the base, it was time to mark and drill the holes to accept the 1/2″ dowel supports.
After initial sanding with 120 and 180 grit, the dowels were cut to length and glued in the holes. Both the trophy and base then went on to receive multiple applications of a child-safe, water and heat-resistant finishing oil. Between coats all parts were gently rubbed with 1200 grit paper. The result is a near polished finish that should last for years and put a smile on the face of the winning farmer for years to come.
The customer is extremely happy with the result (as are we); below is an excerpt from an email just received:
“The Bread Board and plinth arrived safely yesterday. I am just delighted with it – in fact it is better than I imagined.
The oval plinth was a great idea and brings an elegant symmetry to the two pieces- the plinth now looks part of the trophy and not just a necessary base.
The Bread Board is outstanding and the sponsors are very happy and look forward to presenting it on the 13th November. They wanted a trophy that stands out, has a wheat connection and emblem, is rural, has a unique design, is well crafted and attracts the competitors – you have amply fulfilled all these criteria.
You have also kept me informed and adhered to your promised delivery schedule and so on – no stress for me!”
If you have a requirement for something that is a little out of the ordinary, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or on 01903 650540 as we would be more than happy to help you reaslise your ideas.