A work in progress this week; a set of hand forged coat hooks with a personalised design. The hooks themselves are forged from 6mm round bar, using traditional blacksmithing techniques on our coal forge, while in contrast the personalised design I’ve drawn is cut using the most up to date laser technology. The bespoke design itself features our customer’s dog; she sent us several photos of him so I was able to come up with a drawing that looks exactly like him. It’s a gift for her husband who loves gardening, hence the man with spade – this was something else she had specified.
This set of hand forged coat hooks features a bespoke laser cut design, created at the end of last year. The dog is based on a photo of the customer’s own working border collie, so it’s a really unique and personalised piece. Because her legs are mostly white, I was initially concerned about the design being too delicate, but with a generous black outline, the profile cut in 3 mm steel and a could of blades of grass supporting at the back, this was not an issue. We love the stance of the Border Collie as she herds the sheep; I think the design feels very life like and fluid. The hooks are forged by hand from 6mm steel bar, with decorative ‘rat’s tail’ ends to prevent clothes snagging.
Our popular hand forged hooks can be customised with any laser cut design at the top, making them a fantastic personalised gift. We’ve produced loads of variations on both of the designs shown here, including several different breeds of dog, a female gardener, different plants, and the man hunting wearing all sorts of different hats! The hooks themselves are forged from 6mm round bar, with a rats tail end so they won’t snag on any clothes hung on them. The whole piece is powder coated matt black, giving a durable finish with a traditional look.
We made this set of hooks from a pair of broken garden shears. The blades are forged by hand each with a rats tail end and the blades welded together to keep them in position. Mounted flat against a wall or door, the wooden handles are also effective for hanging coats. Perfect for an allotment shed! We’ve produced several pairs as Christmas presents for friends and family this year, all of which have gone down very well. Just need to stockpile a few pairs of broken / blunt / never used shears and we can upload this product to the website so it’s available to purchase.
This design originally was just in the back of the portfolio as a design I was working on, (I had done a version with a Cat as well) until a Christmas craft show at I think Arley Hall, when a customer saw it and burst out laughing as it reminded her of her husband and dog. So she bought it for him as a set of hooks. It’s been on the website for nearly 18 months, and selling reasonably well, before two people in the same week phoned to ask if we could produce this design firstly as a sign and secondly a weathervane. So now you can buy the full set!
A customer contacted us through the website after admiring some of our key hooks, and wondered if we could produce something similar for her to hang necklaces on. This piece is 20 cm across, and has 8 hooks. It was quite a fiddly job getting the welding torch in between the hooks, due to them being so close together. Really pleased with the end result though! These jewellery hooks could make use of any of our designs, though I think the intricate nature of this Art Nouveau one is perfect for hanging necklaces.
Today we have spent mostly packaging, which I’m glad to have out the way! Several weathervanes are going out with the courier this evening, including a bespoke Tank design, and my favourite one; a Stag & Deer design. Hopefully we’ll get some more photos sent in for our gallery..
A bespoke design that we managed to get delivered within two weeks of the customer first contacting us, we were pretty impressed with that! The weathervane was for a colleagues retirement present, and they wanted it ideally for her last day. The dogs shown on the design are a Flat coated Retriever, a Whippet, a Staffy and a Jack Russell. So it took a while working out the design in terms of making the dogs look like they were all walking together, fitting in as part of the same image. The customer originally asked for all the dogs to be on leads, but I think the leads would have either been too delicate, or we could have had to make them unrealistically chunky so they would be strong enough. And we’ve also produced these decorative hooks for the same customer.. would be perfect for hanging dogs leads.
A customer recently contacted us with photos of their Poodle, Stanley. I’ve used the photo to create these coat hooks, powder coated dove grey. As well as copying the dog from their photograph, I’ve tried to make the plants around him resemble the customer’s garden. This design could also work well as a house name plate or weathervane.
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.