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The Charles Darwin Day Medal - Most adaptable to change!

The Charles Darwin Day event is held every year by our friend & awesome Race director Denzil of How Hard Can It Be Events. How Hard Can it be Events (

This is an event held locally to ourselves in sunny Shropshire so it was such an honour to be asked to produce one of his best medal designs in a more sustainable material. In this case Denzil had chosen our most asked for material which is wood. Considering the theme of this medal is around Charles Darwin, we thought wood was an excellent fit to honour a man best known for his environmental scientific studies. 

This incredible medal has previously been made in metal. As you can see below it looks quite nice too but, it wasn't the most sustainable or eco friendly choice for a race dedicated to a man best known for his love of the natural world.

When Denzil came to us last year and asked what we could do with the design he already had, we were unsure how well the application onto wood would work.

As you can see there is quite a bit of shine to metal which in the palm of your hand creates depth. We wanted this depth of image to be translated into the wood to give a 3D effect without having to carve into the thickness of the medal. 

As you can see, applying the design to wood actually came out incredible. With a few adjustments to add contrast and some redrawing to make certain bits really POP this medal is truly one of a kind. The depth and detail has been recreated by etching over the wood to create the textured appeal and actually makes the new medal look more detailed than the original metal. Who would've thought that!

What we love about this medal:

Working with wood, people often think there are limitations to the media, and that it can be rather flat and 2 dimensional which in some cases is completely true.

However, this wooden medal completely kicks this idea out of the water. The high contrast means that not only does the medal look three dimensional but it has a 3D feel (you'll have to take our word for that!).

We also love medals with tonnes of detail too, its a great challenge to take on to make sure that not a single dot is missed.

We cant wait to do another medal similar to this again. 

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