Welcome

In these pages, I hope to inspire in you an appreciation of design, "traditional signwriting", reverse glass decoration and ornate gilding that has been my passion and work so far.

This website contains images of my Signwriting studio in Torquay, Devon, showing a cross section of the kind of work that I specialize in.

I will also undertake commissions to design and produce Ornate Brilliant Cut and acid etched silvered mirrors, Reverse Gold Leaf advertising mirrors , hand painted and lettered pictorial pub signs.

Also many of the scrolls, banners and panels you see throughout the website and more are available for download to incorporate in your own design work.

David Smith 2010

John Saville & Sons, Chemist, York

August 23rd, 2014

John Saville [1834-1926], was a native of Sheffield. His father of the same name was
for many years proprietor of the Red Lion Inn in the market town of Howden in the
East Riding of Yorkshire.

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Worldwide Gilding Workshops

July 30th, 2014

Worldwide Gilding Workshops with Dave Smith and John Studden. Read the rest of this entry »

Gastronomy Grocer

May 23rd, 2014

Hand sketched artwork for a Gastronomy Grocer shop in South Devon, England.

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Eco Soapia – Traditional Soap Company ,central London

April 24th, 2014

Hand sketched artwork for Eco Soapia based in London. Glass Sign to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Dave Butler Sketch

April 22nd, 2014

This is a design I made for a dear friend’s 60th birthday. Someone I met over 20 years ago at Rick Glawson’s  California Conclave. Dave has been a huge inspiration to me and many others. Dave has such a lovely family, his daughter Shiloh Butler O’rourke organised his friends to make artwork in different mediums for him to open on his birthday. Happy Birthday David Butler! Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Amo Wright

April 21st, 2014

Hand rendered sketch for a dear friend called Andrew Amo Wright. Andrew is a traditional signwriter and works with his family at Pinewood Studios, London England. Read the rest of this entry »

Hand made gilded Boulangerie glass sign for a private clients London kitchen.

April 21st, 2014

These sets of gilded glass door surrounds are hand signwritten and water gilded to give the charm of a French boulangerie feel. Made for a bespoke kitchen surround in central London in 2014.

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Kings of Leon – Beautiful War Cover Art

December 7th, 2013

In October 2013 i was commisioned to make the cover artwork for Kings of Leon, Beautiful War. This artwork was designed and sketched over 5 days, a lot of fine detail was added to the drawings.

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Reverse Etched and gilded glass Monogramme

September 15th, 2013

This glass sign was made for John Mayer in 2013 as a thank you gift.

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