The Rum & Crab Shack, Port Eliot Festival

For this years Port Eliot Festival, i was asked by The Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives to paint up some bespoke signs for their ‘pop up’ Rum & Crab Shack.

My first job was to paint their logo onto a huge 5m wide sign, made from reclaimed wood at Shiver Me Timbers reclamation yard located in Crowlas, just outside Penzance. The guys there had constructed this huge sign, along with a bar which would furnish the inside of the Rum & Crab Shack tent at the festival.

The original logo i painted on the front of The Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives was a pretty big challenge, as the render on the front of the building was shot, and kept popping every time that i put my hand on it, or even tried to draw on it!

This sign was also a big challenge, as there were plenty of gaps between each plank of wood, which made up the sign.

The Shiver Me Timbers yard, provided a very striking back drop to this large piece of sign writing.

The yellow trim around the main lettering, really made the whole thing pop out from the dark wood background.

The logo for the Rum & Crab Shack was originally designed by freelance designer, Luke Lobley, who has worked for the Queens Hotel in St. Ives, aswell as major clients like Bestival, New Look, Wallpaper Magazine and Carhartt.


Once the sign was finished, it was transported to the Port Eliot Festival, and installed on location along with the bar, and loads of wooden crates, buoys and other nautical objects from Shiver Me Timbers.

I then had to hand paint the menu signs, which were old doors with paint flaking off them. One door had the cocktail menu, and the other door had the food menu on it.

We managed to get hold of some outside lights from the site team at the festival, which made sure the sign could be seen at all times of the day!

The Rum & Crab Shack in full flow at this years Port Eliot Festival.