Danny Cooke is a young filmmaker, photographer and web designer from Torbay, Devon, UK. He's produced a variety of content for various local businesses and organizations such as Torbay Council, South Devon College and the BBC.
Check out more of his work on his website.
David A. Smith David A Smith is a name that has become synonymous in Sign-Writing and Glass gilding circles, with high quality, hand crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors.
In this short documentary, filmmaker Danny Cooke reveals behind the scenes work, techniques and visions that Dave uses when carrying out his passion as a glass embosser - One of the few remaining traditional UK glass artists.Visit Dave's site.
The Smith Tip
Dave developed The Smith Tip, the guilding tool shown in the video, for the application of applying full gold leaves to glass and flat oil gilded surfaces.
The traditional design for a gilding tip is usually for half size leaves, but Dave noticed even the experienced gilder struggling on occasions trying to apply full sheets of gold to glass using a normal tip. This gilding tool comes in its own unique box with a separate brass handle for you to screw to the base of the tool. It is robust in design and, when mastered, will save you on gold leaf and time.
Here's a brief demonstration showing The Smith Tip in use: