Here’s another photo to add to our gallery – ordered at one of the recent agriculture shows as a very special birthday present – our popular ‘Gun Dog’ design on a weathervane. Thanks for sending this in, it looks fantastic!
The workshop is very cold today! We have had a few enquiries in over the weekend, so we can thankfully hide is the warmth of the showroom doing design work. I am also working on a bespoke business sign ordered at one of the recent shows – I’ve spent quite a lot of time on this so really looking forward to seeing it finished. And then there’s a couple of our most popular designs ready to be posted out – a ‘Gun Dogs’ house number plate and some ‘Cat and Bird’ Key hooks. We’re exhibiting at a Floral Art show in Cheshire on Thursday night, and then a craft fair at Arley Hall over the weekend so plenty to get on with in preparation for these as well.
We’ve sent some new designs to be laser cut too – especially looking forward to seeing our new vintage motorbike design!
Any of our weathervanes can be gilded using 23.5 carat gold leaf. For this weathervane I have just gilded the cardinal points – It’s a very fiddly job but looks fantastic. I’ve used a coat of primer, an undercoat, then gold size (tacky adhesive) and then finally sheets of gold leaf. They are so delicate that even somebody walking on the other side of the room creates enough draft to damage them. However, gold is completely resistant to corrosion and should maintain its integrity outdoors for many years, unlike gold paint which is likely to turn dull quite quickly.
Heres a photo of our stand at the Reebok Stadium craft fair on Sunday. Was a large and busy event but far too much cheap, bought in jewelry and cuddly toys, very few actual artists or crafts people. Still though, got a couple of sales and enquiries, including a Golden Eagle house number plate and a small swinging business sign. Really excited about this one as it is going the start off our range of hand painted colour designs which I have been meaning to work on for ages!
Our new laser cut parts arrived yesterday so this afternoon we’ll be welding a Cockerel, hen & chicks weathervane, a ‘Gun dogs’ house number plate, and our series 1 E type Jaguar weathervane.
Our range of hand painted house name signs has started to really take off. These two were ordered from the Eskdale and Wasdale Head Shows, and are now packaged up and ready to be sent out. The Triumph and the Dachshund are both laser cut from 2mm steel, and we plasma cut the name plates ourselves in the Black Fox workshop. The hand painting is quite time consuming but I really enjoy it so don’t mind at all. Phiz is currently working on the design for a Velocette house name plate, looking great so far. We can produce house name plate designs based on any motorbike, or any breed of dog – please contact us with your ideas!
Here’s a few comments we have had emailed from customers recently:
“We are so pleased with the weather vane and the little gifty. Thankyou very much.
We wish you all the best in your venture.” (Miniature Boat Weathervane and Coat hooks)
“It all looks super; can’t wait to see it assembled.” (Large Horse Weathervane)
“We are so pleased, it is beautiful.” (Art Nouveau House Name Sign)
“The hanging basket bracket has arrived and is stunning, thank you very much.” (Bespoke gothic style hanging basket bracket)
“Just a quick message to say that the weathervane has arrived safely! It looks great thank you – can’t wait to get it put up!!” (Medium Cockerel Weathervane)
It’s fantastic to see an idea go through the design process and come out with a beautiful finished product that the customer is completely happy with!
Two new designs for coat or tea towel hooks. Most of our weathervane or house sign designs can be produced in miniature for coat hooks, and are available now in our online shop. The hooks are hand forged from 4mm steel, and are finished with a durable matt black powder coating.
So tomorrow we are exhibiting at the reebok stadium craft fair in Bolton, an indoor event which will be nice!
Just finished the final coat of cream on this wall mounted farm sign. It was a bespoke design commissioned by a customer at the Hodder Valley show a few of weeks ago, we will be packaging it and sending it out as soon as its dry. Which given how cold the workshop is today, it could be a while..
As always the letters are hand painted, and I have chosen a more standard ‘Times New Roman’ font this time. It looks really neat and works well for this style of sign, so will probably use it again for the Dachshund and Triumph Bonneville house name signs that I’ll be painting over the weekend.
So time to start packaging the Red Kite weathervane, sort out some stuff for Sunday’s craft fair at the Reebok stadium (makes a nice change to be exhibiting at a more local event!) and hopefully find time to do the gold leafing on the letters for a Cat & Bird weathervane.
This is our Red Kite weathervane. I love the design of the bird in flight – it really shows off the distinctive shape of this bird of prey. The design was actually drawn by the customer on this occasion, and I think it works well with our celtic arrow and distinctive ‘moon’ tail. The Red Kite is supported by lengths of 4mm rod so it appears as if flying. I’ve painted these light grey so they will be barely noticeable against the sky. It has a bespoke bracket designed to fix to the customers existing TV ariel fixing.
Just about to do the second coat of white on the lettering for a sheep and border collie farm sign – looking fantastic so far, I will upload it tomorrow when it is finished. And we have also been finalizing the design for another farm sign for customers in Holland – our first export.