A stunning laser cut Apple Tree sign we designed and produced recently. The customer specified that she’d like quite a detailed, ornate design, but as the sign would be mounted to a fence, it also needed to be strong enough to withstand accidental damage. The sign is cut in 3 mm steel, and during the design process I took care to make sure that any delicate parts such as unsupported leaves are joined to branches or apples for extra strength, but without affecting the look of the design. Due to the complexity of the design, this took much longer to cut than most of our designs and therefore cost more than the standard signs shown on our website. We love how the house sign has turned out, I think the art nouveau inspired design is truly unique and stands out as a piece of art as well as a functioning house name plate.
We designed and produced this beautiful bespoke house sign at the end of last year. The design features our customer’s rust coloured Border Collie lying in side profile, and the top of the oval sign is framed with an ornate Rose and Ivy design. Initially we discussed with the customer having her house name around the top of the sign and the number at the bottom, but with it being quite a long name the letters ended up tiny in order to fit, so we decided against it. The ornate Rose design came about because the dog’s name is Rosie. We think this makes the sign such a unique and personalised piece rather than just having the name, and a piece of wall art in it’s own right as well as being a functional house number sign.
The house sign is cut using a nitrogen shrouded laser in 3 mm steel, and the finish is a layer of zinc electroplate followed by a traditional looking but very hard wearing black powder coat. The customer specified an RAL code to paint Rosie the Collie which closely matches the colour of her coat, this was mixed and painted by hand in outdoor paint.
This photo shows a bespoke sign we’ve produced recently. The customer had been inspired by our popular Climbing Roses sign ( below), and wanted something similar based around Ivy and Dragonflies. These signs are cut in 3 mm steel, and consist of a backplate powdercoated black, and an ornate, laser cut front plate. This is also powder coated black, but the detail is painted by hand in cream so it stands out beautifully against the background. Producing bespoke designs in this style is quite challenging, as there is such a defined space that everything must fit into, and as a result re designs do take a while. But we’ve produced a fair few different versions of this now, and I think they’re popular because they are such a unique product – both functional and a piece of art in it’s own right. The customer who commissioned this bespoke sign also purchased a pair of brackets to compliment it (pictured above). This style of sign would make a wonderful house warming gift for anyone who loves quirky and unique design, as they can be re designed and personalised to suit the recipient’s taste and interests.
Our laser cut Ducks house sign insitu. The customer asked for a family of Mallards as the design for a hand painted house name sign, and I added a small patch of reeds and bits of grass to complete the scene. When I sent the initial design over, the only change they asked for was to add the distinctive curled tail feathers to the male, which was no problem. It looks great, thanks for sending this in!
Three new house name and number plates; all bespoke designs sent out last week. The wisteria was by far the most difficult.. the customer had sent us photos of her beautiful pergola covered in Wisteria, but getting the flowers to look right and be recognisable in silhouette form was far from easy! I love Alpacas so was delighted when she phoned to commission this design. I think our favourite of the three is the Giraffe, Elephant and Acacia tree; originally the design idea just involved the two animals, but the tree frames the image so nicely, and helps to create a typically African scene. The middle design was thankfully quite a straightforward one, as the customer knew exactly what she wanted and provided a really clear image of her dog to work from; a Shiba Inu.
A really nice photo to add to our gallery; a Triumph Bonneville with a matching house number plate in the background. Well sort of matching, the house number plate design is based on a much more modern bike, and was one of the first designs I did. Its been quite a popular one, though more as a house name / number plate than a weathervane design. Look forward to creating a weathervane based on a classic Bonneville soon…
A couple of new Tractor metalwork designs to be added to the website today.. A New Holland house number sign and a Fordson Major weathervane. Both of these started off as one off custom designs for people; the New Holland was an enquiry through the website and the Fordson was someone we spoke to at the Cheshire show.
I’ve spent a bit of time over the last couple of days updating the House and Farm signs section of the website as it was getting a bit chaotic and disorganised with the number of new designs we’ve produced. Let us know what you think by commenting on this post – we want to make the website as easy to navigate and as user friendly as possible! As we grow further over the coming months we’ll probably add subcategories too, as we have with the weathervanes. We’ve got a magazine advert coming out tomorrow in ‘Homes and Gardens’ Magazine, so hopefully will get plenty of work from that to keep us busy..
Our second design for a Dachshund House Name Plate.. The customer contacted us through the website asking for the Dachshund silhouette to be in a design similar to our logo. We’ve done this before for a Border Collie farm sign design, around this time last year I think, so I was able to swap the dogs over, and alter the height of the vines a little, allowing for the much shorter legs of the Dachshund.
Our range of house name and number plates, traditional swinging signs and farm signs has grown so much over the past year that I’ll be spending the afternoon organising this section of the website as its starting to look a bit chaotic! Several new designs to upload over the next couple of days too, including a Fordson Major Weathervane that we are both really pleased with.
Look what somebody brought to our workshop today!! A 1930′s Morgan three wheeler. Beautiful car, the owner has had it since the late sixties. Our four wheeled Morgan design has been quite popular recently; the photo above is the latest addition to our gallery – a small swinging sign mounted above a garage in Cheshire. I took loads of photos of this amazing car today, with the intention of creating a design for a weathervane or sign as soon as I get time. I’m not sure how it will look with only three wheels so I took photos from every angle – I definitely want the engine at the front to be clearly visible, but then not being able to see the full length of the car might look odd. Will have to see what works best!
I started work on this design several months ago, so was really pleased when a lady ordered it at the Riverside steam rally as a present for her father. I was a bit concerned that the length of the design would dwarf the number ’41′, leaving a big empty space either side, but not at all, we think it looks great! I wish we had got more of these cut, I’d love to see it as part of our display. This design is also available as a weathervane – please contact us if you are interested.
So onto the next steam rally up in Chipping this weekend – a full three days in a very beautiful part of the country. It’s not far from where we did the Hodder Valley Agriculture show last September. That was quite a success for us; hoping this will be too!