On the way back from a camping trip this weekend we found ourselves driving past Poynton, Cheshire, so stopped in to have a look at a bespoke sign we made for an Italian restaurant earlier this year. The photos we’re only taken a few second apart but in different directions but the difference in the sky makes it look like different days. We’re really proud of this one anyway as so much work went into it – think it looks fantastic in situ; making the restaurant stand out but also really suits the street its on. ‘Il Borgo Antico’ means the Old Village, which is something I’ve tried to capture in the design, also making use of St George’s Church in Poynton, which is just at the other end of this street. It’s so nice to see it up anyway, after how difficult it was to actually get it there – Phiz spent several late nights making a roof rack for the van so we could actually transport the 15ft pole from our workshop..
Here’s the floral art stands we made last week with a Gold medal winning display decorating them! If you look back to the previous post you’ll see the stands in plain steel, when we had just finished making them. So this was the RHS Tatton show, and there was some sort of carnival theme. Looks fantastic, congratulations to Verdure Floral design! Would have been good to have gone to the show so we could have seen the display in person..
And now we’ve got 7 more of these stands to make next week, as they’ll be used as part of a wedding display in early August.
A set of floral art stands we’ve just finished in time for the RHS Tatton Show. We’ve never exhibited ourselves, but this will be the second year some of our metalwork has been a part of a florist’s display.
So the bases are made from 5 mm thick steel to keep the stands nice and stable, while the tops are only 2 mm; should be no issues with them over balancing or needing weights. The smaller ones were pretty straightforward but the larger one, being over 2 m tall, was quite difficult to get it completely straight due to the weight of the pole and the workshop floor being not at all flat.
And I have just been informed that, while writing this post and leaving the stands outside to be cleaned, a large bird has just left its mark in the middle of one of them. I’m pretty sure I heard that was good luck?
Some photos from this weekends agriculture show in Newport, Shropshire. It was held at the Chetwynd Deer Park, and was a beautiful, bright sunny day, making a nice change from our recent experience at the nearby Staffordshire County Showground. Had loads of interest and got a few good orders, so well worth coming out to. Also we didn’t forget any part of our stand or display, which is pretty rare for us! I think there were probably about 10 000 people there, and we were constantly busy pretty much all day, so didn’t really get chance to have a look around ourselves. I did manage to get a quick photo of some recently shaven Alpacas, and look at a group of adorable little baby ducklings. The stand next to ours was a lady selling ‘doggy fish fudge’ and ‘liver cakes’ – sounds absolutely disgusting but she seemed to have a crowd of dogs and their owners around her for much of the day so fair enough I suppose – glad she did well! Our stand also was opposite the schools marquee, who for some reason thought it was appropriate for their orchestra to play ‘In the bleak mid winter’ repeatedly thoughout the day…
So we came back into the workshop yesterday with a massive long list of designs to do, the most unusual of which is a very rare bird called a Spoonbilled Sandpiper. So I’m looking forward to spending a day in bed drawing and designing! We’ve also got loads of floral art stands to be getting on with, some for a church in Gloucestershire, but mostly for a florist exhibiting at the RHS Tatton show next week.
Finally our Morgan three wheeler weathervane design is done! We started this design almost a year ago, based on photos of this beautiful car outside our workshop. Normally with car designs we find that a front corner / side angle works best, but for the three wheeler it just looked odd. And then we had a phone call from a customer asking specifically for the Morgan three wheeler to be drawn in side profile for a bespoke weathervane, and here it is! Really pleased with how it turned out, as is the customer.
We’re always surprised by how popular this design has become, both as a weathervane and a sign – thought it was very much a one off commission at the time of doing the original design. Looks great here as a swinging sign, I think the mounds of earth either side of the digger gives it a bit of context and brings the design to life. So a very contemporary design for a traditional style of swinging sign.