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

Pencil Sketched rendering for Gulledge Gilded Glass sign

February 11th, 2015
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This pencil sketch was designed for Jason and Stacey Gulledge from Paris, France. Read the rest of this entry »

Private Bar in Cleveland, Ohio

January 13th, 2015
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Made for a private bar in Cleveland, Ohio. This pencil sketched artwork is the main design for the bar interior. This will eventually become a reverse glass sign in many techniques including gold leaf. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hour Glass

January 11th, 2015
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Made for Paulinho Moreira from Brazil. This was hand sketched for a tattoo design.

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Sam Smith Reverse Glass Sign

October 12th, 2014
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This reverse gilded and acid etched glass sign was made for Sam Smith from Calgary in Canada in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

John Saville & Sons, Chemist, York

August 23rd, 2014
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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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Gastronomy Grocer

May 23rd, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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 »