This week we’ve been making loads of hanging basket brackets. The horizontal arm is forged by hand from 10mm square bar into the scroll to hold the basket. The laser cut design beneath both supports the bracket while also being stunning and unique. This bit can be as personalised as you want – the two featured here are a Horsefield Tortoise design, and the other (in situ) shows a Patterdale Terrier. The leafy design framing them was designed to fit around each subject, and is just something I doodled in my sketchbook before transferring it onto the computer. An amazing bespoke gift!
A bespoke, personalised hanging basket bracket design with a Tortoise! I drew the Tortoise itself based on our Horsefield named Mr. Percy. I’ve highlighted some of the markings on his shell in the form of cutouts, and the same with his eye. I then printed several copies of this off the computer along with the basic shape of the bracket, which I’ve literally just doodled around in my sketchbook; the photo above shows an example. I felt this sketch worked pretty well, so I scanned it back into the computer to tweak and create the final design. I ended up altering it quite a bit; I felt the solid ground would be more suitable underneath the Tortoise than the plant based filigree you can see in the sketch.
The hook for the hanging basket bracket was made by hand in our coal forge, and the design cut using a nitrogen shrouded laser. It’s all TIG welded together, and the finish is a black powder coat, with a protective layer of zinc electroplate underneath.
This bespoke hanging basket bracket design was done this time last year, for a customer we met at the Cheshire show. They actually had the stand opposite ours showing their range of brilliant hand made childrens beds and desks please have a look at http://www.funfurniturecollection.co.uk/
Love these photos of the bracket they commissioned! The design shows a dancer with a poodle, and the letters JRW. Not sure of the significance of it myself but the customer was delighted which is the main thing, and shows we can produce designs based on anything at all. I also really like the style of this bracket; with the laser cut profile on top and the gently curving support bar below.
A new style of hanging basket bracket.. This bespoke design was done for a customer we met at the Cheshire show back in June. Its a really unusual design, not actually sure what it means to be honest! Originally I was going to put the Lady and dog underneath the arm of the bracket, in a circle much like our fox bracket, but really wasn’t working out due to the tall thin dimensions of the figure. So I moved the design on top, which works perfectly. I like the simplicity of the curved support bar underneath; I think it suits the design without drawing attention away from it. We’re working on another bespoke hanging basket bracket in a similar style, but this time with a Dachshund on top..
Possibly our most unusual order to date.. A bespoke hanging basket bracket with a Traction Engine and Kite design; I would be very surprised if we sold another one of these! We’ve exhibited at a couple of steam rallies this year which have been a lot of fun, (Riverside near Southport and Chipping in the Ribble Valley) so we were delighted when the customer rang asking for a design based on his friend’s third scale Traction Engine. There’s a photo of it below. Originally he wanted the kite flying from the steam engine itself, but I realised that would have made the tail of the kite far too delicate, so I suggested having it underneath and much larger. While we only cut one of the Kite design, we ordered 5 Traction Engines as I think it will look fantastic on a weathervane or house number plate. Will probably find its way into our display stand for next years steam rallies, possibly even as a hand painted in colour design..
Here’s the other new sign we have put up outside our workshop, this one is wall mounted just above our often missed letter box. Its the same design as our beautiful Fox weathervane, just on a smaller scale. We’ve also put this fox into a hanging basket bracket design at the request of a customer we met at Arley Hall in July, and have a batch on order with the laser cutter at the moment. Would be really nice to have a pair of these new hanging basket brackets outside the workshop so we’d have the full set of this design!
Loving our new Saxophone hanging basket bracket! Our customer ordered it for her friend who is a keen gardener and also Saxophonist. It’s based on our Fox bracket, but I have obviously swapped the Fox for a Saxophone and altered the design a bit to fit around the instrument. It will be available soon in our online shop, as both an indoor and outdoor bracket.
Its our first proper show of the year on Sunday, up in Lytham St Annes. We’ve painted the display board white and have several new display models so really looking forward to seeing it all put together!
I finished this swinging farm sign yesterday; it is now being electroplated. The sign shows a sheep and shepherd with his border collie, and will be going to Holland. We met the customers at an agriculture show in Lancashire, where they admired our Black Fox swinging sign. They wanted something similar producing for their home, where they breed working Collies. The art nouveau style design decorating the top of the sign is based around our hanging basket bracket, a bespoke design done for a local customer last summer.
This bespoke hanging basket bracket was collected yesterday by a customer from Oldham. Having bought one of our art nouveau brackets for a friend’s Christmas present, they wanted something similar themselves, and asked if they could have a laser cut design welded on top as well. We used the design from the Cat & Bird weathervane – I wasn’t sure how these two different designs would work together as they are very similar in style, but not similar enough to look like a continuation of the same piece. Luckily the size of the two laser cut profiles allows them to flow into each other quite naturally, and I think this is a truly stunning and unique bracket.