Our two different Swallows weathervanes, designed and made for the first time at the end of last year. Initially, the idea of having the birds flying over either the trees or rooftops was mostly just to raise them off the bar a little while still having a decent area to weld to, therefore keeping the design strong without the use of support rods. This also adds a bit of extra surface area for the wind to catch. Though now I think both ideas really add to the design, almost setting a scene. So far, the tree tops variation has been the more popular, I think possibly because many of our customers live in the countryside rather than cities.
We were recently contacted by a customer who had seen our ‘Horse swinging Sign’, pictured above, and was wondering if we could create a similar design involving a horse and trap. It’s not a problem to make alterations to any of our existing designs, so of course we said yes. The horse and trap design itself has come from working from several different photographs in order to get the right angle, perspective, horse and driver, which was a little tricky but worth the effort in terms of making this a totally unique image. Initially I had planned to use the same design around the top as shown in the ‘Horse swinging Sign’, but as this one is portrait and the new design is landscape, we felt this wouldn’t really look right. So I printed out several copies of the Horse and Trap design, and doodled around them until I had something I was happy with! This was then transferred onto the computer relatively easily, and sent over to the customer who approved it straight away. Great to see our designs developing in this way.
Here’s a large village sign we recently produced for Allington, Lincolnshire. The parish council ran a competition to design a sign for the village, and the winning image was sent to us in sketch form. The final piece is pretty true to the original drawing – I made a couple of alterations to add strength in a few places, and also altered the perspective of the well to suit the scene better, but other than that is very much as it was. The design includes various well known local sights such as the old salt well and manor house. The path and walker depicted represents the Viking way, which used to run through the village, and the plant in the foreground is a Teasel, a large thistle that is plentiful in the area. Is great to see a design go from a rough sketch on a piece of paper all the way through to a finished sign like this!