Awards & Engraving

September '16

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44 • A&E SEPTEMBER 2016 B raden Todd never wants to offer potential customers the same tro- phies, plaques or awards that other shops across the country carry. "I don't like to just hand someone a catalog to pick out what they want," Todd says. "I like to figure out what events they have, what drives their events, where their events are, and then design the awards around that. So it is unique to them, 100 percent." As owner of Glassmith2 in Boulder, Colorado, Todd loves to design and create awards, he says, using materials as varied as stone, acrylic, glass and steel. A NATURAL NAME Todd, 34, grew up watching his grand- father, Wiley Smith, create sandcarved art that he sold through shows at the Denver Botanical Gardens, tourist areas such as Georgetown, and even local shopping SHOP PROFILE Using the Kern HSE 400 laser system, Braden Todd designed and created a stainless steel aspen leaf award for this year's Aspen Valley Marathon. Todd prefers crafting trophies that are specific to an event or its location instead of having a client choose a product from a catalog, he says. IMAGE COURTESY GLASSMITH2 IMAGE COURTESY VICTORIA A.F. CAMRON By Victoria A.F. Camron Glassmith2 in a Race to the Top

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