Jul 25, 2022      < Back to blog menu

Bespoke boulder at premier league training centre

Arsenal F.C. Training Centre Boulder

Stone Sign recently had the pleasure of creating this magnificent boulder for Arsenal Football Club’s Training Centre.

We were contacted by Arsenal F.C to create a unique sign for the entrance to their training centre.

They had a large slate boulder in mind, something unique that would catch the eye as you arrive.

At Stone Sign we are very familiar working with Welsh slate, with its undeniable beauty and quality, it is one of our most popular materials, the perfect stone to capture their requirements.

Arsenal F.C. club crest on red background

Creatively Envisioning Finished Boulder Options

Our talented in-house team were able to carefully put together some artworks with the Arsenal emblem onto an example boulder to create visuals for their team to deliberate.

Our Graphic Designer was able to then photoshop the boulder into the desired location so that it could be envisioned as a finished product.

We created two versions of lettering and logo layouts so that the team at Arsenal could see the possibilities and capabilities we could create.

Visual Examples of Boulder at Entrance to Training Centre:

Example of Arsenal boulder with club emblem outside training centre
Example of a boulder outside Arsenal F.C. training ground with club crest in gold and person walking by looking at it
Example of a boulder with Arsenal club crest engraved outside club training centre
Visual example of Arsenal F.C. boulder with gold club crest at entrance to training centre with female looking at it

Welsh Slate the Quality Stone Material of Choice

Once a design had been agreed, we were then able to source the perfect boulder.

Welsh slate is our primary material; therefore we were able to source the perfect boulder directly from a quarry in North Wales.

We selected a uniquely large single piece of Welsh slate.

Welsh slate is the best quality slate in the world, renowned for its density and lustre.

The quality of the material has remained, and the slate landscape was recently made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Transported & Crafted at Our Facilities in South Wales

This boulder was then transported to our premises where it was carefully cleaned and sawn to the perfect size, in preparation for engraving and gilding.

Now that we had a selected boulder, our graphic designer updated the artwork to incorporate the boulder and artwork into its desired location, thus enabling our client to see it as a finished product.

Once dried the boulder was then prepared to be deeply engraved, hand finished by our expert craftsmen who applied 23.5 karat English gold leaf to the lettering, this complimenting the rich history of Arsenal Football Club.

Hands applying gold leaf lettering to engraving on a boulder
Gold leaf lettering material on a boulder engraving
Man brushing gold leaf gilded lettering onto engraved boulder for Arsenal F.C. training centre
Gold emblem on Arsenal F.C. boulder

We are particularly pleased with how this boulder turned out, especially receiving great feedback from the team at Arsenal.

With over 200 years of stonemasonry experience behind us, we have the capability and knowledge to offer a range of quality natural stones and finishes, being sure that the design matches your requirements perfectly.

Welsh Slate Entrance Boulder Crafted & Installed:

Newly installed Welsh slate entrance boulder outside Arsenal F.C. Training Centre
Arsenal F.C. welsh slate boulder with gold club crest at training centre entrance
Stone Sign Co van outside Arsenal F.C. training centre after installing entrance boulder
Arsenal F.C. welsh slate boulder at training centre

We are exceptionally pleased with the completed and installed entrance boulder, especially the detailing we were able to capture from the illustrations.

Stone Sign has a range of capabilities stretching from house plaques to large scale boulders. Get in contact with us today at hello@stonesign.com for any enquiries.

Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more.