Some recent photos from the workshop, showing the process of cutting welding, forging & painting the component parts of a swinging sign. Hoping to get an ‘insitu’ photo of this one over the next few weeks…
Here’s a swinging pub sign we produced just before Christmas, for an Inn in Hampshire. The name is based on the story of King William II of England, also known as William Rufus. He had organised a hunting trip in the New Forest, Hampshire, and among the party was Sir Walter Tyrrell. At some point, Walter Tyrrell became split up from the group and accidently shot the King in the chest, while aiming for a Stag. He panicked and fled to France, as you probably would at this point. So the design of the sign is based on this story – it was an interesting project to create an image that depicts a whole story. And from what I can remember I was doing this one at about midnight as it was a really last minute order that we needed to get out before Christmas, so delighted it has turned out so well! It hangs from one of our traditional style swinging sign brackets with a scroll.
Another challenge here was matching the text to the writing on a commemorative stone placed on the spot where King William died in the New Forest; the customer wanted it to be in keeping with this style.
New style of wall mounted sign! The design is based on an Aruban Whiptail Lizard, also knows as ‘Blo Blo’, meaning ‘Blue Blue’ because of its bright vivid colour. It is native to the island of Aruba, just off the coast of Venezuela. The laser cut backplate and lizard itself are welded together, and the whole piece is powder coated black. I’ve painted a coat of primer and then the blue by hand on top of that, really love how this one has turned out. Look forward to creating more designs in this style. Our second Maltese order!
Love these photos of a swinging sign we made over summer! We met the customer at a show in Shropshire back in July – they admired our Black Fox swinging sign and asked us to produce something similar using an image of their dog, a Viszla called Tink. So this is the photo they sent – was actually quite tricky to work from as you can only really see three of her legs so had to be quite creative when drawing this one out. The cut outs below the text are Woodcocks; again the customer supplied the image to work from as they had a really clear idea of what they wanted. I think it was just a photo of part of a painting they had seen. We thought the cut outs were a really nice idea – we hadn’t done this before, but have used it in several farm signs since ( but with sheep not birds ). Its nice to be able to produce something so personal to the customer – they have emailed since to say how pleased they are with their sign so well worth all the time doing design work to get it just right!
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..