Our first example of Black Fox wall art. This Mug Rack uses an intricate, repeating design based on Ferns. It will make a fantastic addition to any kitchen, standing out as a piece of art on its own while also being functional. With four rows as pictured here, the approximate dimensions are 50 cm x 80 cm. As each row starts off as a separate piece, this can be altered to suit the space as required.
Our latest set of forged coat hooks – this profile started off as a weathervane design ordered at a craft fair in Penrith. Our range of decorative hooks has been quite popular, especially in the run up to Christmas – I think the bestseller is currently the Dinghy, which also started off as a weathervane design, and only actually became coat hooks after a sizing issue with the laser cutting. In order to keep the price of these smaller items down, we’re using our more popular standard designs that we can have laser cut in bulk. These ‘Cockerel Hen and Chicks’ hooks will be part of our new 2013 display stand, and were uploaded into our online shop yesterday. Hopefully they’ll sell as well as our other designs – I can see them looking great in a country kitchen possibly hanging tea towels, and would make a fantastic gift for someone who keeps chickens.
Here’s our finished window grille along with the original sketch I emailed to the customer. It is to be fitted over her basement window, and as she was concerned that black would look too gloomy in an already quite dark space, we had it powder coated white. We’ve been meaning to see what our metalwork would look like in white for a while, and we are really pleased with how this has come out; the customer loved it too. White does seem to have become very fashionable recently, so we are thinking about possibly having one of our hanging basket brackets powdercoated in this colour. I don’t know if it showing the dirt very easily would be a problem or not but think it is definitely worth a try and could open up a whole new range of products for us.
We made this window security grille for a customer in Leeds. She wanted a grille for her basement window that would prevent anyone from getting in, but that would also be quite decorative and not just look like prison bars. So I sent four or five different designs over, and this is the one she picked out.
We drilled holes in the two horizontal bars for the vertical bars to sit in, before TIG welding the whole thing together, making this grille as secure as it possibly can be. The main difficulty we had with this project was in making the scrolls exactly the same – because they are hand forged there will always be slight differences, but the symmetry of this design made it vital to get them as precise as we could. Welding around the two central half bars was difficult because of the position of the scrolls being exactly where the welding torch wanted to be. Took ages but is now finished and on its way to be electroplated and powder coated, so should be completely ready by the middle of next week.
It is welded to four hinges, and the whole grille will open over 180 degrees. In order to keep the cost down for the customer, Phiz made a simple hasp and staple rather than buying in expensive locks. We’ve also made it a few inches larger than the opening it will cover so that the full weight of the grille will not be on the edge of the bricks.
Our Horse trials design, ordered as hand forged coat hooks just before Christmas, is now also available as a weathervane. Doing the horse design was quite straightforward, but I spent ages getting the look of the jump right. We have plenty of imaginary, art nouveau inspired plant designs, and I originally started putting these together to form the jump. This really didn’t work, so ended up going for something much more natural looking.
We think that this design, either on coat hooks or a weathervane, would make a great gift for someone with a passion for eventing.
Both of these designs were bought at the Arley Hall craft fair as Christmas presents. The lady who chose the gardening design was looking through our portfolio and started laughing when she got to this page. Not the usual response! She explained that it reminded her so much of her husband and their Labrador when he is in the garden.
The hooks are hand forged from 4mm steel, and are perfect for hanging coats, dog leads etc. Most of our designs can also be used for coat or key hooks – please enquire!
Two new designs for coat or tea towel hooks. Most of our weathervane or house sign designs can be produced in miniature for coat hooks, and are available now in our online shop. The hooks are hand forged from 4mm steel, and are finished with a durable matt black powder coating.
So tomorrow we are exhibiting at the reebok stadium craft fair in Bolton, an indoor event which will be nice!
A beautiful place to be selling our weathervanes and house signs! We spent Saturday at the Wasdale Head Agriculture show, and Sunday at a small craft fair in Penrith, which was thankfully an indoor event. Wasn’t the most profitable weekend ever but easily covered our costs, met some really nice people and had a fantastic couple of days. The location of the show was stunning, and we especially enjoyed watching the Terrier racing. Orders from the weekends events included a Triumph house sign, a new design of coat hooks, and a weathervane with our cockerel, hen and chicks design. The craft fair was a really quiet event which was a shame because there were some very talented people there. But was at least warm and dry for a change!
So today we have a few orders to pick up from the powder coaters and send out before the end of the day – really looking forward to seeing the Harley Davidson weathervane complete!
We’re exhibiting at the Wasdale Head shepherd’s meet and agriculture show tomorrow so I thought I’d use our sheep and collie design to produce some coat hooks. It was originally designed as a house name plate for a lady from the Hodder Valley show, but I really liked the design so got several cut. I think it works really well as part of these coat hooks too, but not sure how well the design would work as a weathervane. The hooks are hand forged and TIG welded to the steel plate behind, and will be powder coated matt black next week. Would also be good for hanging dog leads.
And the other photo shows the decorative half of a dachshund house name plate ordered at the Eskale show – ready to be welded to the steel name plate. So some plasma cutting to be done before we load up the van and drive up to Wasdale!
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!