Here’s the finished sign we did for the Italian restaurant in Cheshire! We went to drop it off last week and they had already concreted the 15 ft pole into the ground, which looks fantastic and importantly feels very secure. The restaurant name means ‘The Old Village’, a look that I have tried to put forward in the design. The church is actually based on a photo I took of St George’s church in Poynton, and I’ve tried to add a slightly mediterranean feel with the little hamlet on the left. The grape leaf and vine design at the top came from the customers initial idea of having a bottle of wine and two glasses; we think this is much more subtle and adds a really nice decorative element to the sign. ( The focus of the design changed when the customers came to see us, and I was in the middle of painting our ‘Oast House’ swinging sign ). Looking forward to seeing this pub style sign in situ, I think it will really suit the village feel of the street the restaurant is on.
This design originally was just in the back of the portfolio as a design I was working on, (I had done a version with a Cat as well) until a Christmas craft show at I think Arley Hall, when a customer saw it and burst out laughing as it reminded her of her husband and dog. So she bought it for him as a set of hooks. It’s been on the website for nearly 18 months, and selling reasonably well, before two people in the same week phoned to ask if we could produce this design firstly as a sign and secondly a weathervane. So now you can buy the full set!
Our first export to Japan! This sign is for a bakery in the centre of Tokyo, selling traditional English baked goods like Eccles cakes and Battenburg.. The design is based on the company’s logo, though I had to make a few minor alterations to make it work as a laser cut profile. Putting the Battenburg logo in a circle came from our Wolf swinging sign, where the wolf is howling into a background of a full moon. Despite quite a contemporary design, this sign looks great with its traditional scroll bracket.
A couple of photos from the workshop at the end of last week.. We’ve almost finished doing a couple of jobs for an Italian restaurant in Poynton, Cheshire, a relatively local one which is nice. The photo at the top shows a frame we made for a wine glass chandelier, the three rings are made from 5 mm thick flat bar, and there are a total of 46 clips screwed on the outside, where the wine glasses will be mounted. The little clips had a bright shiny zinc coating, which we had to spend hours burning off in order to get the finish we wanted, so massively underestimated how long this job would take! The customer plans to mount this chandelier in the bar area of their restaurant, and use a variety of different coloured wine glasses for the lights to shine through.
The second photo shows the main sign for the restaurant in progress.. the pole is 15 ft high, which meant we had to produce an emergency roof rack for the van, and also find a different powder coater, as it wouldn’t fit in the normal powder coater’s oven. Two foot of this will eventually be dug into the ground outside the restaurant, and there needs to be 7 ft clearance at the bottom of the scrollwork to allow for tall people. So it ended up being pretty huge! I’m currently in the middle of painting the text ‘Il Borgo Antico’, meaning ‘The Old Village’. Its looking fantastic, and can’t wait to see it up. Will post a picture of the finished piece next week..