The brief seemed simple at first to signwrite the design provided by a graphics company onto a purpose built shipping container in an almost letterpress effect.
The container was to be used as a mobile bar at major horse race meetings and so had many multiple opening doors, hinges, nuts & bolts and contours.
The on-site hand painting had to be completed on the container at Cheltenham racecourse outside over a five day period.
The job was finished within the time period and the customer was delighted with the finished result.
Thank goodness it didn't rain.
National Railway Museum
Recent work completed at the National Railway Museum includes:
Signwriting and painting to container café including hot and cold food service areas and three outside seating areas, signwriting to three indoor box car period seating areas and adding sections to vintage period brick wall.
St Wilfreds Organ Pipes
When St Wilfreds church were having their organ refurbished an old Victorian design was discovered under the dull grey the pipes were painted in.
The pipes were delivered to my workshop for me to carefully strip away the top coat of paint to reveal the design below and take notes and photos.
I then had to strip the pipes completely and hand paint the design back onto the pipes.
This had to be done with great care so as to reproduce the colours and gilding of that period.
The work was not helped by the fragile nature of the metal of the pipes.
I had to make a series of different size polystyrene cradles to accommodate the different sizes of the pipes. The 53 pipes (39 main front pipes and 14 shorter side pipes) ranged in size, 3500mm x 180mm being the largest.
It was challenging to reproduce the design so that it ran true through the pipes when they were placed in situ at the church.
The customer was highly delighted with the finished job and there was a special service held in honour of the refurbished organ and all the craftsmen that had worked on them.