Best Original Design and Fabrication, Non-Illuminated, Small Shop of 2019

Imagination Corp. (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) deserves a treat for the Clayburn Pet Hosptial monument sign.
2019 Signshop Competition: Imagination Corp (Chilliwack, BC, Canada) wins Best Original Design and Fabrication, Non-Illuminated, Small Shop

First Place

Imagination Corporation

Chilliwack, BC, Canada; imaginationcorporation.com

Client: Clayburn Pet Hospital

Designer: Dan Sawatzky

Fabricator: Imagination Corporation

Installer: Imagination Corporation

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: MultiCam 3000 CNC router, MultiCam Classic Plasma Cutter, Miller 252 welder

Installation Equipment/Tools: Crane truck

Materials/Components: 30-lb. Coastal Enterprises Precision Board, 23K W&B gold leaf, Abracadabra Sculpting Epoxy, fiberglass-reinforced concrete, Sherwin Williams acrylic house paint

Software: SAi EnRoute Pro, Adobe Photoshop

Imagination Corp. hand-sculpted the bricks using concrete and painted them to look like the real thing. The frame was welded up using structural steel. They then hand-lathed the sign and troweled on the concrete, allowing it to partially cure before carving it.

Second Place - tie

The Great American Sign Company Inc. tied for second with this sign for the Chatham Twp Volunteer Fire Dept.
The Great American Sign Company Inc. tied for second with this sign for the Chatham Twp Volunteer Fire Dept.

The Great American Sign Company Inc.

Basking Ridge, NJ; greatamericansign.net

Client: Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department

Designer: Gary Johnson

Fabricator: Great American Sign

Installers: Charles Terrat, Sign Matters

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: MultiCam 3000 CNC router

Installation Equipment/Tools: DeWalt Cordless Impact Driver

Materials/Components: 15-lb. DUNA USA CORAFOAM, crushed glass smalts, Dibond, Manetti 23.5K Gold Leaf

Software: Vectric Aspire, Gerber OMEGA Composer

This complex handcrafted sign for Chatham Township Fire Station 1 features a fully sculpted Maltese cross with crushed glass smalts imported from Germany. CHATHAM TOWNSHIP are prismatic letters with 23.5K gold leaf imported from Italy. The letters are black Dibond mounted on an AZEK-paneled background.

Second Place - tie

Synergy Sign & Graphics booked a share of second place with this entrance sign for the Newcomerstown Public Library
Synergy Sign & Graphics booked a share of second place with this entrance sign for the Newcomerstown Public Library.

Synergy Sign & Graphics

Strasburg, OH; synergysign.com

Client: Newcomerstown Public Library

Selling Price: $10,000

Designer: James Dawson

Fabricators: James Dawson, Jeremiah Fierbaugh, Aubrey Gealsha

Installers: James Dawson, Jeremiah Fierbaugh

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Miller 212 Autoset Mig Welder, MultiCam V Series Plasma, MultiCam 3000 Series CNC router, X-Edge Tooling Router Bits

Installation Equipment/Tools: Cat 259D Hole Drill and Forks

Materials/Components: Coastal Enterprises PBLT30 – 2 in. thick, sculpted concrete, wire lathe, Sherwin Williams paint, Nova Color paint, Smooth-On Free Form SCULPT epoxy

Software: SAi EnRoute Pro 6.0, Adobe Illustrator, MultiCam EZ-G code creator

New entry and exit signs for Newcomerstown Public Library were constructed from welded steel armatures and finished with sculpted concrete. The entrance sign is set on a 36-in.-deep x 18-in.-wide Sonotube footing with a 3 x 3-in. steel tube and cage-mounted into the footer. The upper sign slides into a fabricated fitting and is held in place by two ¾-in. bolts. We also carved various components such as the book spines from 30-lb. Coastal Enterprises Precision Board. Our goal in finishing was to make all of the books look with weathered, leather-bound books.

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