Here is a fun little project that I finished last week. Trophies for the 2012 Throwdown Showdown presented by o2 Gearshop and TheTeamlab.com. If you didn't make it out the the event you missed out, but not to worry there will be a recap of the event posted soon at TheTeamlab.com.
Back to the Trophies. They are custom built chunks of reclaimed and recycled wood and steel. When the idea was first broached, I knew that I wanted to do something chunky and rough around the edges. The original plan was to use Lexan for the plating, but the time frame that we had to get the project finished would have meant overnighting the already expensive polycarbonate sheets and was a no go.
I am pretty happy that we decided to use sheet metal instead, it is a look more fitting with the oil rubbed wood finish and it definitely adds some character to the finished pieces. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get a clean enough finish on the sheet metal, but after everything was assembled it looked a little TOO clean, so I went back and bashed them with a hammer and then hit them with a wire brush to dirty them up a little bit.
The handrail elements are constructed from some steel angle and square tubing that was cut to size, drilled and then hit with a grinder to add a little character. The lettering was cut from Oracal 651 and applied just hours before the event. Sometimes you need a tight deadline to get things firing on all cylinders.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous about how the trophies would be received, they were pretty different from the approved renderings. I shouldn't have worried because pretty much everybody was stoked on how they turned out, especially the guys that got to take one home. I am already thinking about how they can be topped next year.
More to come. -J.H.