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How the A Way with Dogs trophy was made

By The Border Collie Company

Our ‘A Way with Dogs’ Trophy is based on The Border Collie Company’s (TBCC) original bronze sculpture  ‘No Escape’  that was created through a collaboration of renowned sheep dog handler Harford Logan and the well respected artist Holly Bennett.

For the ‘A Way with Dogs’ trophy, it was envisaged that the sheep in the original sculpture would be replaced by the CSJ trademark also to be cast in bronze.

We made two Trophies, a larger one for the official A Way with Dogs presentation and a smaller one that would be kept by the winner.

Trophy Concept

The CSJ ‘A Way with Dogs’ Trophy is based on The Border Collie Company’s (TBCC) original bronze sculpture  ‘No Escape’  that was created through a collaboration of renowned sheep dog handler Harford Logan and the well respected artist Holly Bennett. For the ‘A Way with Dogs’ trophy, it was envisaged that the sheep in the original sculpture would be replaced by the CSJ trademark also to be cast in bronze.

Design

A number of alternative designs were drawn up in two dimensions (2D) and discussed between CSJ and TBCC.

To enable the casting process, the CSJ letters and their base needed to be captured in a three dimensional format (3D).   The service of a CAD (Computer-Aided Design)

specialist was engaged and a number of 3D concepts developed.  Once the final design had been agreed a CAD file was produced in a special format to enable the next part of the process to take place – the production of an exact wax to be used in the casting process.

Production

The bronze cast was to be produced using a ‘lost wax’ process.  In this the exact wax model is coated in investment powder or ceramic shell, and the wax is then melted out with hot molten bronze.  Once everything has cooled down the piece is then fettled, cleaned, and finely finished.

The production of the wax was carried out using the latest 3D print technology.  The CAD file from the designer was taken to a company specializing in 3D printing in wax for jewelry and other fine casting.  The waxes were ‘printed’  to enable each of the letters was to be cast separately and finally mounted on to a low contoured base .

Once produced the waxes were passed to Lunts Casting in Birmingham – very well respected fine art & sculpture casters – for the bronze production, finishing and mounting to take place.  Lunts produce the original ‘No Escape’ sculpture for TBCC and so were readily able to cast another border collie for the piece.

Once cast and finished all that remained was to assemble the pieces on the wooden base to which they were to become affixed and agree the final alignment.  Suggested arrangements were photographed and following a little tweak the pieces were affixed to the specially made oak base.  The piece was then polished, wrapped carefully and shipped.

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