Custom Handcrafted Wood Awards
Wood is one of the most unique and striking materials we use for custom awards, but it is often overlooked. While many clients think about wood in terms of a material for their award bases, most don’t realize the flexibility and utility it offers as a material for the main sculpture component of their awards.
Wood provides a number of variables that can be manipulated to customize awards, including the ability to carve and construct an almost endless variety of shapes, custom laser engraving directly into the wood surfaces (including both text and images such as logos), the different types of wood that can be used for the awards, different staining and color painting options, and even the variations inherent in the grain of a particular type of wood. The variations in wood grains, in fact, can contribute to the uniqueness of each individual award, even within a singular award design and wood type combination.
Wood can also be accented with other materials, the most common being metal. The incorporation of metal bands or medallions in custom wood awards can create striking contrasts that emphasize different aspects of the award, as well as provide a platform for custom engraving.
Shown below are some examples of custom wood awards we have created. These can give you some starter ideas on potential custom wood awards for your own organization or event.
Wood Blocks with Custom Medallions
One of the more common types of custom wood awards we create are wood geometric blocks with custom medallions. Typical shapes and sizes for these blocks are:
Cubes: 3” x 3” x 3”
Pillars: 3” x 3” x 6”
Monoliths: a) 8” x 6” x 1.5”; b) 7” x 5” x 1.5”; c) 4” x 4” x 1”
While these shapes and sizes are the most common we create, we can also create wood blocks in other custom sizes to meet your requirements.
These wood blocks can be customized for your needs in the following ways:
Wood Material, Stain and/or Paint: These handcrafted wood awards can be created from a variety of hardwoods - we will work with you to help find the perfect grain for your needs. The wood used in these awards can also be stained or painted to enhance their uniqueness and match your brand imagery.
Direct Laser Engraving: These wood blocks can feature unique custom laser engraving on one, some, or all of their sides. These engravings can include both text and laser-appropriate graphic images.
Custom Medallions: Custom metal medallions and/or bands can also be affixed to these wood blocks. The medallions can be created with custom images either sculpted (as raised reliefs) or engraved into their surface.
An example of these award are the custom recognition awards we created for Anheuser-Busch’s Brew Across America program.
Wood Blocks with Metal Bands
We can create geometric wood block awards as described above, but rather than ornamenting them with a custom medallion, we can ornament them with a custom metal band.
Like the wood block + medallion awards shown above, these awards can also be engraved on both their wood surface and/or their metal band.
An example of this type of custom wood is the award we created for Kantar Health: the Kantar Health Catalyst Award. The upper and lower blocks of the award was made from handcrafted Bocote Wood, an exotic wood from Mexico and Central America known for its unique grain. The band in the lower-middle of the award was produced from cast pewter. Engraving was done on both in the wood itself as well as on the pewter band.
Custom Wood Disk and Shield Awards
Another relatively common form of custom wood award we have created are custom wood disks and shields. The specific shape and size of these award can ne aligned with your requirements. As with our wood pillar awards, these shields can incorporate substantial and intricate carvings and engravings in their main surface. Often, staining or painting is used to accentuate the difference between the recessed and raised areas created by these engravings. In addition, these awards can be adorned or combined with metal to create additional design imagery and branding elements.
One example of this type of custom wood award is MasterCard Man of the Match awards we created for the Copa America soccer tournament. These unique awards, inspired by the Copa America 2015 logo, were created in the shape of a disk, or circular shield, with a 15” diameter. The shields were handcrafted from Brazilian Mahogany. CNC milling was used to create recessed and raised areas within the surface of the shield that reflect key elements of that year’s Copa America logo. The raised areas displayed the 4 human visuals used in the logo. The recessed areas reveal the Copa America Chile 2015 text, along with other iconic design elements utilized in the logo’s visual identity. The recessed images in the shield were stained black (using an environmentally safe stain), creating a two-tone contrast with the remaining raised areas of natural wood.
Another example of a custom wood shield award cwe created was the Defender of the Nation Award. This award honors a college football player from one of the nation’s service academies. The main component of the award was in the form of a battle shield. The battle shield sculpture was created from hand-rubbed rustic bronze-plated pewter encasing light stained oak wood. The pewter and wood combined to contrast the positive and negative spaces in the shield. The service academy logos were sculpted into the pewter back of the shield. The shield was attached to a custom handcrafted ebony-stained mahogany sculpture that served as both a stand and base for the shield.
Fully Custom Shaped Wood Awards
Apart from the more traditional form factors shown above, we can create wood awards in an almost endless array of shapes and sizes.
One example is the custom perpetual award we created for the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) Roots Trophy. The LCPL is a professional cricket league based in the Caribbean, and the LCPL Roots Trophy was created to recognize each season’s champions. The wood used for the award was mahogany, a tree indigenous to the Caribbean. The design of the award consisted of a set of hand-carved intertwined roots that echo the form of the West Indian Swamp Blood Tree, another indigenous tree. These roots gradually transformed into 11 upraised arms and hands holding a cricket ball. This is great example of the award construction and wood choice matching, and reinforcing, key aspects of the award’s objectives.
As always, we would be happy to take a look at your custom award project, and let you know if wood is a good fit for your design!