Dachshund Weathervane


dachshund weathervane
We took this photo of our Dachshund weathervane on a regular customer’s garage today, looking great against the light blue autumn sky. It’s probably the most popular of our range of Dog weathervanes, and would make an amazing gift for any Dachshund owner. I’ve gilded the letter bars in 23.5 carat gold leaf which is a really special touch; when the sunlight hits it directly it glistens beautifully.

For more information and to purchase this weathervane, check out the Dachshund Weathervane Page. We are more than happy to make alterations to the design, for example we’d love to add a wire haired Dachshund weathervane, sign and set of hooks to our range!

Initially we drew the Dachshund with his ear down, but a customer asked if we could make it look like it is blowing in the wind, and we’re really happy with the result as it’s very appropriate for a weathervane. The ear is still down in our house name or number sign design though.Dachshund Sign Photo

 

Personalised Coat Hooks


coat hooks photo
blacksmithing photoA work in progress this week; a set of hand forged coat hooks with a personalised design. The hooks themselves are forged from 6mm round bar, using traditional blacksmithing techniques on our coal forge, while in contrast the personalised design I’ve drawn is cut using the most up to date laser technology. The bespoke design itself features our customer’s dog; she sent us several photos of him so I was able to come up with a drawing that looks exactly like him. It’s a gift for her husband who loves gardening, hence the man with spade – this was something else she had specified.

Check out our current range of hand forged coat hooks, and if you fancy commissioning a bespoke design feel free to contact us!

Personalised Hanging Sign

Farm Sign imageWe’ve just sent out this hanging farm sign with a bespoke, personalised laser cut design. The customer emailed us photos of himself, his wife and dog, and also their house and tractor so we could try to fit them all into a bespoke design! Having clear images of the individual elements was really helpful, but still quite complex to fit everything together and get the perspective right so the house looks as though it’s in the background. In the end though we’re really happy with how it has turned out.  We always welcome bespoke comissions for those who cannot find the right sign in our existing range of swinging farm signs.

George and Dragon Weathervane

weathervane insituA great photo of our George and Dragon weathervane insitu, a perfect gift for any proud English person. I’ve painted the St George’s Cross on the shield by hand, and gilded the Dragon’s tongue, tip of his tail and the tip of the spear to match the letters. This helps the weathervane to stand out beautifully; the customer is absolutely thrilled with it. A truly unique piece!

We now have a large number of weathervane designs available on our website but always welcome bespoke comissions.

Bespoke Metal Sign


house sign photo
A laser cut metal house sign we designed and manufactured recently. The nature of this style of sign means that they are always bespoke one off pieces, as the house name is cut in steel so there is no way of producing a standard model. We’ve produced the sign with various breeds of dog in the centre, such as this Labrador design and also Deer and other wildlife. It’s a lovely sign as it’s so well set up for being personalised – this would make a great housewarming gift. As the design is drawn on a computer, the customer was able to see it before placing her order, and make minor alterations once I had drawn the initial design, so it’s nice that they are part of the design process too. In this case, she had sent me a photo of her dog (a Labrador cross, with spectacularly big ears!) so the process was fairly straightforward.

Bespoke Barn Owl Weathervane


owl weathervane drawings
This week I’ve been working on a few bespoke weathervane designs, including a Bentley Continental Fastback, and a group of three Barn Owls, as shown above. I began by drawing 5 or 6 different Owls using my graphics pen, and selecting the three that fitted together best. I love how distinctive Barn Owl faces are; this will make a fantastic weathervane when the design is finished! The only problem I have with it is in highlighting the features of the face – this part of the design looks very delicate so I’ll have to thicken these lines without affecting the look of it, or it won’t be practical to cut in steel. Initially I had thought that the 3rd Owl should be a baby, but they are such fluffy little things, when I try to draw one in silhouette they end up looking like a bit of a mishapen blob! I’ve sent a couple of initial weathervane designs to the customer, so he can give some feedback and we can make any alterations before coming up with the final design.  We look forward to having another owl weathervane design to add to our existing owl and moon weathervane and owl hunting weathervane designs.