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.
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!
We’re always surprised by how popular this design has become, both as a weathervane and a sign – thought it was very much a one off commission at the time of doing the original design. Looks great here as a swinging sign, I think the mounds of earth either side of the digger gives it a bit of context and brings the design to life. So a very contemporary design for a traditional style of swinging sign.
Here’s the finished sign we did for the Italian restaurant in Cheshire! We went to drop it off last week and they had already concreted the 15 ft pole into the ground, which looks fantastic and importantly feels very secure. The restaurant name means ‘The Old Village’, a look that I have tried to put forward in the design. The church is actually based on a photo I took of St George’s church in Poynton, and I’ve tried to add a slightly mediterranean feel with the little hamlet on the left. The grape leaf and vine design at the top came from the customers initial idea of having a bottle of wine and two glasses; we think this is much more subtle and adds a really nice decorative element to the sign. ( The focus of the design changed when the customers came to see us, and I was in the middle of painting our ‘Oast House’ swinging sign ). Looking forward to seeing this pub style sign in situ, I think it will really suit the village feel of the street the restaurant is on.
The fist car design we did and still one of the most popular – this photo of a Morgan weathervane was sent in earlier this week. A reasonably quiet week orders wise, we have had chance to book a few shows for summer, and start sorting our display out. Really looking forward to getting out there again, and hoping for some good weather!
Just about to pick up the latest batch of finished products from the powdercoaters, including a witch weathervane, something we’ve been meaning to design for ages so were delighted when a customer contacted us to commission one. There’s also a swinging sign with a design based around an Oast house, so will most likely be painting it this afternoon.
We’re really proud of this swinging sign we designed and made just before Christmas. The customer specified that there are Oak, Sycamore and Chestnut trees outside her property, and also that she didn’t want anything too traditional looking. So I’ve tried to make the sign fairly contemporary by keeping the design quite chunky and bold; nothing too ornate like some of our more art nouveau inspired metalwork. The Oak leaves came from a design I did a while ago for an Owl weathervane, and the Chestnut leaves I spent a bit of time drawing especially for this design. I think both work so well because they are such distinctive, bold shapes.
New version of our popular Sheep & Collie Farm sign.. ordered at the Stokesley Agriculture show last month, this design is a slight variation. The customer asked for a horned sheep, and we used a Swaledale as it was a design we had already done. I really like the way the curled horn is cut out. And here’s a photo of the original design in situ, mounted to the customers’ gate.