06 Nov James Penton-Dodds
James’ passion for awards started at a young age. In the early days Bruce would bring James and Charlie into the workshop where they spent their time designing billy carts and fashioning toy swords from scrap metal and timber. As he got older and his manufacturing skills improved James started making awards for his mates -‘best jet skier in the world’ and ‘world’s best bowler’ were a few early prototypes. It was a perfect environment for a couple of young lads keen to get their hands on some power tools and develop their skills.
After leaving school Bruce encouraged James to broaden his horizons and so he joined an international bulk shipping company. After 4 years in operations James decided shipping wasn’t the career for him and he moved to Sydney to join the Design Awards team and refine his manufacturing skills . James’ apprenticeship in Sydney lasted 18 months before deciding to expand the business to Melbourne.