On the way back from a camping trip this weekend we found ourselves driving past Poynton, Cheshire, so stopped in to have a look at a bespoke sign we made for an Italian restaurant earlier this year. The photos we’re only taken a few second apart but in different directions but the difference in the sky makes it look like different days. We’re really proud of this one anyway as so much work went into it – think it looks fantastic in situ; making the restaurant stand out but also really suits the street its on. ‘Il Borgo Antico’ means the Old Village, which is something I’ve tried to capture in the design, also making use of St George’s Church in Poynton, which is just at the other end of this street. It’s so nice to see it up anyway, after how difficult it was to actually get it there – Phiz spent several late nights making a roof rack for the van so we could actually transport the 15ft pole from our workshop..
Our first export to Japan! This sign is for a bakery in the centre of Tokyo, selling traditional English baked goods like Eccles cakes and Battenburg.. The design is based on the company’s logo, though I had to make a few minor alterations to make it work as a laser cut profile. Putting the Battenburg logo in a circle came from our Wolf swinging sign, where the wolf is howling into a background of a full moon. Despite quite a contemporary design, this sign looks great with its traditional scroll bracket.
A couple of photos from the workshop at the end of last week.. We’ve almost finished doing a couple of jobs for an Italian restaurant in Poynton, Cheshire, a relatively local one which is nice. The photo at the top shows a frame we made for a wine glass chandelier, the three rings are made from 5 mm thick flat bar, and there are a total of 46 clips screwed on the outside, where the wine glasses will be mounted. The little clips had a bright shiny zinc coating, which we had to spend hours burning off in order to get the finish we wanted, so massively underestimated how long this job would take! The customer plans to mount this chandelier in the bar area of their restaurant, and use a variety of different coloured wine glasses for the lights to shine through.
The second photo shows the main sign for the restaurant in progress.. the pole is 15 ft high, which meant we had to produce an emergency roof rack for the van, and also find a different powder coater, as it wouldn’t fit in the normal powder coater’s oven. Two foot of this will eventually be dug into the ground outside the restaurant, and there needs to be 7 ft clearance at the bottom of the scrollwork to allow for tall people. So it ended up being pretty huge! I’m currently in the middle of painting the text ‘Il Borgo Antico’, meaning ‘The Old Village’. Its looking fantastic, and can’t wait to see it up. Will post a picture of the finished piece next week..
We’ve done a few signs and weathervanes based on customer’s business logos, that we can’t sell online as they are not our designs. Here’s the latest, for a Cattery in Exeter. It was a challenge curving the bar to follow the exact shape of the design, but I think well worth the effort for the end result. It makes a nice change to have the design as a part of the bracket and the name hanging underneath too, very simple but effective.
Possibly our most challenging project of 2013; a large scale bespoke light box. The design of this light box is based on the bespoke swinging business signs we produced for a property developer in Buckinghamshire over summer. The idea for the light box was theirs, and thankfully they had their own electrician to wire it in. It was made as three parts so that the layer of zinc electroplate could get everywhere; the laser cut front panel, the back piece and the outer frame. The back piece was powdercoated white so as to reflect the light better. As the three parts bolted together, we had to make sure all the holes drilled were exactly in line, which is more difficult than it sounds! We also had to ensure that the outer frame fitted perfectly over the inner frame, so it took ages making sure everything was as precise as it needed to be. I love this design, and hope to get some photos of this light box in situ, preferably at night to get the best view of it. I think its a really interesting new product and would love to produce some more light box designs in the near future.
Here’s one of three large swinging signs we did for Rose Court over summer, delighted to see this one up! We have just produced a large scale light box with a very similar design on for the same customer, I’m guessing it will be mounted just above the arch where the old acrylic sign is now. It was a very unique project for us and there was a lot of working out to do, but think it will look fantastic. Will post some photos of it when I get a spare minute..
Here’s some more photos showing the set of swinging signs we have just produced. I wanted to get a photo of all three together to show the scale, but with our display up, the showroom just isn’t big enough. Really pleased with all of these; they are the largest wall mounted signs we’ve made so far! I love the font too, I think it suits the design perfectly, and was nice to be trying something a little different.
Here’s one of three bespoke swinging signs we’ve been working on over the past few weeks… This one is the middle of the three sizes, and at 60 cm x 80 cm, it’s still fairly large. They will all be wall mounted, and for the larger two we’ve designed extra heavy duty brackets.
I’ll post the three signs together when we have found enough space to fit them all!
Our large bespoke farm sign, ready for collection tomorrow morning! We put a lot of work into the design and making of this swinging sign so its fantastic to see it finished. I chose to use high quality outdoor silver paint for the half scrolls on top in the end, rather than silver leaf which would tarnish as soon as it rains, or imitation silver leaf which I was unsure of how weather resistant it would be in the long term. The design is based on photos that the customer sent of his gates and the path leading up to Whitegate Farm. The wrought iron gates themselves were made by a local Blacksmith and are absolutely stunning, and I think the perspective works perfectly in this design. Hand painting the text took ages because it has been so cold in our workshop that the consistency of the paint has thickened to such an extent that it’s been really difficult to work with, but the sign was too big and heavy to be taking home every night to paint. Despite this, it’s been a really exciting project and we would love to work on more large scale swinging signs for farms or pubs!
The middle photo here shows the finished frame for the first in our range of large swinging farm signs. It’s gone to Oldham to be electroplated & powder coated now, while the actual sign part, that we finished last week, should be coming back ready for hand painting. This large scale sign was a challenge just in terms of working out all the fixings, getting all the angles right, but now we’ve done one successfully, we are definitely confident that we could produce pub signs or other large business signs. I think the horns on top look fantastic – took a lot of work getting this unique design looking right. It was the customers idea to add these on, as they mirror the top of his beautiful gates.
The top photo shows another swinging sign, this horse design was ordered at a show in Worseley just before Christmas. It will be mounted at a local stables & riding centre.