Horse and Cart Farm Sign

Farm Sign PhotoThis sign was recently commissioned by a customer in Northumberland. The idea for the design came from the fact that the farm is very close to an old carriers way for lead miners to take the lead from the mines to Newcastle. When we researched images of lead carts, we realised that this would not translate particularly well into a laser cut silhouette; certainly not in a way that would be obvoius as to what the cart was supposed to be carrying anyway . The solution was to draw some old fashioned milk churns instead, as the farm had been a dairy in the past – great to be able to reference this part of it’s history.

Bespoke House Sign

House Sign PhotoLove this house sign photo just sent in by a customer. It was a bespoke design we did at the end of 2016, based on a Saluki dog. He wanted an action shot rather than a standard side profile, so we came up with this design showing the dog running with two front legs in the air, expressing some of the character of this sighthound breed. I was a little concerned about the dog only having two contact points with the rest of the sign, but we cut in 3 mm steel and it’s got a decent amount of strength to it, so will be fine especially as it’s mounted flat against a wall. The hand painted house name plate looks great against the stone wall, and I’m sure will look even better over summer when the climbing plant is in full bloom.

Personalised Swinging Pub Sign

Swinging Sign PhotoResearch photoAnother bepsoke swinging sign we produced at the end of last year. The customer sent in the photo above, and asked us to design a sign to hang outside her Dutch style barn, pictured. Part of it was going to be turned into a pub so they wanted a suitable swinging sign that included a likeness of the barn. She had also asked for a background of fields, so I’ve used a bit of artistic licence and created a setting similar to that shown in the photo. I’ve tried to include the paving flags, a wooden fence at the side, and the decorative urn just near the barn. The background shows ploughed fields, rolling hills and trees, as this was how I imagined the area might look. The vine design around the top is loosely based on hop leaves and flowers; I thought this might be appropriate given the building will be used as a pub. We enjoyed the challenge of creating such a unique and personalised swinging sign!

Traditional Farm Sign

Farm Sign ImageA new style of farm sign that we were asked to create at the end of last year. Like our range of swinging signs, this piece has the text painted by hand on both sides, and is designed to mount to a post, wall or other vertical surface. However, instead of swinging from a bracket above, it is fixed in place by one bracket above and another below. It was a bit tricky to make as there is very little tolerence in the positioning of the horizontal arms; this needed to be spot on or the sign would not have fitted & took a bit of trial and error getting it right. Got there in the end and think this style will make a great addition to our range. Any of our existing swinging sign designs can be made to fit this style – it’s just a matter of taste as to which you prefer… this fixed style would make a great shop front sign as well as a traditional farm sign.Blacksmithing photo

Bespoke Swinging Sign for Smugglers Cottage

Bespoke Sign PhotoA Bespoke swinging farm sign we designed and made in the run up to Christmas. The customer lives in a historic smugglers cottage on the south coast, and having recently seen the ‘Poldark’ series on TV, wanted a sign inspired by this subject. Our initial brief was to include a figure wearing a tri-corn hat, an owl, some sort of diamond shapes, and if possible tea barrels to reflect her husbands occupation. This sounded really complex at first and I did wonder how we would fit it all in! After a bit of discussion, we came up with the idea for this night time scene, showing some smugglers bringing barrels from a small fishing boat onto the beach, watched over by a Poldark type figure in the foreground. I think the cut outs on the tea barrels & horse showing the reflection of the moonlight work really well in adding atmosphere to the scene. The customer loved the idea, and we just needed to make a few tweaks, playing about especially with the position of the Diamond shapes to come up with this final design.

The customer was delighted with the finished sign, leaving the comments below in an email:

“Thank you so much for the smugglers housesign. It is amazing and exactly what we wanted. We are really pleased with it.”

We’re thrilled to hear this as we love the design too, and are very much looking forward to the challenge of bringing more swinging sign design ideas to life in 2017!

Personalised House Sign

A unique house sign designed to reflect your personality and interests!Our customer has two Dachshunds; a mother and puppy, and she loves reading and Butterflies. Seemed like quite a challenge to combine these individual things into a design that makes some sort of sense, but really pleased with what we’ve come up with together. Having the books at different angles allowed us to emphasize the white of the pages, and picking out bits of detail on the spines of the books gives them loads more character. There are two butterflies separate from the main design which the customer can fix to her wall wherever suits it best. The great thing about laser cut designs is they are done on a computer, so we can send initial sketches over to the customer, so they can have some input at the early design stage, and work towards the final idea together. The most difficult part of this sign was in working out the text; I wanted it to fit in with the slight curve of the books’ spines, really challenging to warp the text at just the right angle so that it looks realistic, but I think it’s this attention to detail that makes this sign special. We think a bespoke sign like this would make a fantastic house warming gift!Personalised House Sign Photo

Highland Cow Farm Sign

Highland Cow Farm Sign Image

A swinging farm sign we’ve produced recently for a farm breeding Highland Cows. I love Highland Cattle so really enjoyed doing the design! The customer chose an unusual font called ‘Algerian’; we’ve never used this one before, and though it looks great and really stands out, it was a challenge to paint by hand and took a lot longer than the standard ‘Times New Roman’.

Bespoke House Sign

Bespoke Sign Sign photoA bespoke house sign we sent out last week – the customer contacted us after seeing our two layer, hand paintedĀ Art Nouveau sign online, and was wondering if we could create a unique, custom design in the same style. She said there was a strong naval tradition in her family which she wanted the design to reflect, in part to remember her father who had recently passed away. Initially when she suggested ropes as a basis for the design I was a little unsure as to whether this would work in silhouette form, but thought it was worth having a go. I think the anchors really help in bringing the theme to life, but the rope on its own actually works really well too. This design did take several weeks of going back and forth between ourselves and the customer, making little adjustments, as I think the different pieces of rope did feel a little disjointed in the first draft. But after quite a lot of playing about, I think it all flows nicely and the customer was delighted with the finished piece, so that’s the important thing!

Horse and Trap Sign

Photo Bespoke SignClose up of Farm SignWe 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 fromĀ 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.