Here’s a prototype for a fire poker we’ve been working on this week.. the tight scroll is made from 12 mm round bar and fits perfectly in the hand so is ideal for its purpose. Its amazing how long a chunk of metal that size holds its heat!
Other than that we’ve been working on several bespoke swinging signs, all of which are being electroplated now. Hoping to get them back tomorrow so I can start painting the text on. Really look forward to seeing them finished and getting the new designs online! We’re also working on some large scale floral art stands for a wedding at the end of next week; they are nearly 2 metres high and will sit on the dinner tables, with strings of crystals and a floral display attached. We’re only doing a basic frame for them so would love to see photos of the finished pieces.
We’ve recently produced this bespoke flower stand for a church in Oldham. Its about 5 ft tall and has three platforms; the top one is welded on while the two on the sides are removable, with a decorative swirl in 10 mm bar framing the piece. Its quite a contemporary design, and because the two side platforms are removable, there’s so much potential for creating very different and varied displays. Here’s a couple of photos of how they have been using it so far..
Early this week we produced a 2 metre tall floral art stand for a florist in Salford Quays; basically a large square base, a long pole and a mesh top where the arrangement will sit. It was my first attempt at overhead TIG welding, which went surprisingly well. I found it very difficult keeping a steady hand when stood on a wobbling chair due to the not entirely flat ground of the workshop floor, but in the end it looked pretty neat and we were really pleased with the results.
This piece was designed & made by Fletcher & Foley, a florist in Sale Moor. It won the Silver prize at RHS Tatton this weekend. It’s based around the theme of the cotton industry in Manchester. We were commissioned to make the frame for it a couple of months ago. We used 25 mm box section so it’s really lightweight but strong – at the time our customer wasn’t sure how much weight it would need to hold, so we thought it’s better to be safe! The whole frame collapses for ease of transport, and the base and top, made from slightly smaller box section, simply slots back into the triangular end pieces to reassemble. The most difficult thing about making this bespoke floral art stand was getting the angles right where the triangles lean in; the customer wasn’t specific about it but we had to make sure both sides lean in to the same degree or it wouldn’t look right. Really pleased to be a part of the display that won the Silver prize at RHS Tatton, and a big congratulations to Fletcher and Foley for their design! There’s some more photos of the display on their blog; please follow the link above.
Another photo from this year’s Cheshire County Show – a bespoke Floral Art stand we made for a customer from Knutsford. The base is made from solid steel so no weights need to be used, and the lightweight legs and top are removable, so easy to transport. We love this brightly coloured display, really pleased to see one of our stands being used in the flower marquee this week.
This is our latest Floral Art Stand – the ‘Onion’. The eight bars are all hand forged, and the base is plasma cut in our workshop. This design started as a bespoke request, and is now available in our online shop. We exhibited last night at a Floral Art club meeting and demonstration in Northwich, Cheshire, where our stands and other metalwork got a really good response.
So today we have welded together a vintage motorbike house sign, and some more Cat & Bird Key hooks. And we’re getting ready for the Arley Hall Christmas craft and gift fair this weekend.
Bit of a boring office and accounts type day today, but have made some progress on some floral art stands ordered last week, and sold a labrador weathervane. We’re also looking at designing a JCB weathervane after an enquiry this morning, and tomorrow I’ll be working on a design for a farm sign based on a Lincoln Red Cow and calf. And we should be able to pick up the new designs from the powder coaters – really looking forward to seeing them, especially the Harley Davidson Weathervane!
Heres another little article about the creation of Black Fox Metalcraft written by Stockport College where I studied Illustration. Was nice to discover that online today!
Another busy week ahead in the Black Fox workshop – today we have made some Cat & Bird Key hooks for a customer in Cornwall, packaged up a horse weathervane ordered at the Stokesley show, and we’ve also been working on a design for an MGB GT house name sign. I’ve been looking at shows to exhibit at in the run up to Christmas, found some really good ones that I am quite excited about. We’ll be in Cumbria this weekend at the Wasdale Head show, assuming it isnt cancelled due to the weather, and possibly the Eleftheria craft fair in Penrith on Sunday.
And then tomorrow we’ll be spending the day in the workshop working on some bespoke floral art stands ordered last week, and also a very special wedding present – really looking forward to seeing this one finished!
We have launched the new section on our website, Floral Art Stands! We already have several bespoke orders and enquiries, which will be added to the site and available for purchase over the coming weeks.
All of our floral art stands are electroplated to prevent rusting, and can be powder coated matt black if required. They are also TIG welded; this method of welding is neater and more precise, and therefore far less noticeable than the more commonly used MIG.
We visited the Southport Flower Arranging show back in July, there were some fantastic designs on display there – please have a look at this earlier post to see the kind of things these stands can be used for! We are really excited about expanding our range of flower arranging stands and frames so please contact us on 0161 681 4293 to discuss your ideas.