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How to make a handcrafted pub sign

Whether it's grabbing a quiet lunchtime pint, networking with designers or going on a big night out, visiting the pub is a popular activity amongst creatives. But some of us find it difficult to switch off from design completely, and we've all at one point glanced at a beautifully made pub sign and thought "I wish I made that".

Well, what's to stop you doing just that? To help you out, Danthonia Designs, an award winning team of traditional sign-makers in Inverell, NSW Australia, is releasing a series of videos that will give you a few handy pointers.

In the first in the series they explain how they went about making a handcrafted pub sign for The Oregon Public House in Portland. Starting from a pencil sketch, we follow the sign's progress through the Danthonia Designs workshop:

In the second video, the team starts putting together the sign; painting the panel, carving the letters, and starting to sculpt the banner:

Inspiring stuff, and we can't wait to see the next installment in the series. In the meantime, there's a ton of other 'making of' videos on the Danthonia Designs YouTube Channel.

Tom May
Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in art, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.