We were asked by Conrad's friend Oli to make a memorial bench for him.
The brief was that the bench was to have the following words:
CONRAD JAMES LEWIS 21-10-1988 TO 9-2-2011
TO THE WORLD HE WAS A PARATROOPER, TO US HE WAS THE WORLD
and to have the Parachute Regimental crest as large as possible in the centre.
Oli wanted the crest to be the same design as the one used on grave stones in the British Cemeteries in France. This has the logo set in a circle.
We chose the Malvern teak bench for the task as this has the largest ara on the seat back to engrave the crest in the center.
We contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
to ask for the artwork and permission to use the image on a memorial bench. They were very helpful and gave us the permission and a large paper copy of the artwork.
The parachute regiment logo was the most difficult logo we have attempted, i was determined to use my engraving skills to the maximum and achieve the best result possible for our local hero. The logo is very intricate and i have to remove a lot of the detail first, then redraw parts before choosing the routing bits and cutting methods which best suited the logo.
The end result was achieved with a single V bit, but used in V carve, Profile and Pocket methods. A proof was carved into mdf before the carving on the teak bench was attempted.
We handed over the bench to Oli on the 22nd June 2011, we understand that its final position will be on Yarningale Common in Warwickshire.
It has been an honour to be asked to supply the Lewis family with this lasting memorial to their son