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

Blackout Signs and Metalworks (San Marcos, TX) prevails with illuminated sign for Shangri-La.
2019 Signshop Competition: Blackout Signs (San Marcos, TX) wins Best Original Design and Fabrication, Illuminated, Small Shop.

First Place

Blackout Signs and Metalworks

San Marcos, TX; blackoutsign.com

Client: Shangri-la

Selling Price: $18,000

Designers: Jay Gordon, Gabriel Hedrick

Fabricators: Jay Gordon, Jason Lambert, David Perez

Installers: Jay Gordon, Jason Lambert, David Perez, Gabriel Hedrick

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Miller welder "spoolgun," jigsaw, DeWalt drills, riveters, homemade tubing roller

Installation Equipment/Tools: DeWalt drills, lag bolts, NP1 sealant for penetrations

Materials/Components: 1 x 1-in. aluminum frame, .063-in. aluminum sheet metal, Radiant Mfg. SolaRays, Ventex transformers, Semco rotator, steel pipe, 2 x 1-in. steel frame. 1-Shot paint, glitter, colored flood lights

This classic-style rotating sign uses a Semco heavy-duty rotator. The background is covered in Radiant Mfg. Solaray sequins. The three “stars” are hand-fabricated and installed into pillow-block bearings, allowing them to spin as well. The up-lighting inside the sign frame illuminates the Vegas-style stars.

Second Place

Blackout Signs also took second with this creation for Hays Co. Bar-B-Que.
Blackout Signs also took second with this creation for Hays Co. Bar-B-Que.

Blackout Signs and Metalworks

San Marcos, TX; blackoutsign.com

Client: Hays Co. Bar-B-Que

Selling Price: $18,000

Designers: Jay Gordon, Gabriel Hedrick

Fabricators: Jay Gordon, Jason Lambert, David Perez

Installers: Jay Gordon, Jason Lambert, David Perez, Zach Foerster

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Metal shear, metal brake, jigsaw, Miller welder, DeWalt drills

Installation Equipment/Tools: Drills, lag bolts, hammer drill

Materials/Components: .063-in. aluminum, 1-Shot paint, Transco glass penetrating housings, HDU, neon, Ventex transformers, 1 x 1-in. aluminum, 2 x 1-in aluminum, House of Kolor Kandy paint

The client wanted an old-school, rounded-corner main sign can. He had a previous logo that was too busy and did not convey the feeling of his new restaurant. This 30-ft.-long main building sign was hand drawn and hand lettered. The carved HDU and aluminum fork and crossed knife were fun design elements based off of the actual cutlery they use. In addition, the crossed knife and fork and flames are backlit for a halo lighting effect at night. The flames are raw grinded pattern aluminum with translucent Kandy paint from House of Kolor. We designed and fabricated a classic neon arrow, but note the missing neon, as they did not have their liquor license yet.

Third Place

Custom Craftsman Signs claimed third in Best Original Design and Fabrication, Illuminated, Small Shop with a sign for Citizens National Bank.
Custom Craftsman Signs claimed third in Best Original Design and Fabrication, Illuminated, Small Shop with a sign for Citizens National Bank.

Custom Craftsman Signs

Sevierville, TN; customcraftsmansigns.com

Client: Citizens National Bank 

Designer: Brother Zank

Fabricator: Custom Craftsman Signs

Installers: Custom Craftsman Signs, Bush Builders

Installation Equipment/Tools: Scaffold, ladders, drills, levels, saws, fasteners, nail guns

Materials/Components: .080- and .125-in. aluminum, SloanLED backlit channel letters and 3/8-in. cut aluminum name letters, cultured stone, stacked columns with inset bark strips to break up the masonry elements

Software: Gerber OMEGA 6, Adobe Photoshop

Other Components/Tools: Assorted hand and power tools, hammers, nails, screws

The design features a 45° V-shaped footprint to accommodate line of site challenges. The slab rock hardscape and native plant materials speak to the geographical location.


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