A sign we produced in the mad rush leading up to Christmas. Not the greatest photo I have ever taken, but at least gives a decent impression of how the design has turned out. The customer asked for a swinging sign with a design similar to our Owl & Moon weathervane. He sent a rough sketch illustrating what he was after, but felt the left side of the sign looked completely empty, and wanted me to come up with something decorative to fill this space and compliment the other side. Initially, I printed off the design as it was and doodled around it, as is often the techique for bespoke designs like this. Scanned back into the computer, I was able to add Oak leaves & acorns, and tweak any areas that still needed work. I think the silhouette of the Oak tree works particularly well here because of the night time impression of the Owl and crescent moon background, and the shooting star gives a hint of something magical.
Another 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!
A 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.
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..