Bespoke Swinging Sign for Smugglers Cottage

Bespoke Sign PhotoA Bespoke swinging farm sign we designed and made in the run up to Christmas. The customer lives in a historic smugglers cottage on the south coast, and having recently seen the ‘Poldark’ series on TV, wanted a sign inspired by this subject. Our initial brief was to include a figure wearing a tri-corn hat, an owl, some sort of diamond shapes, and if possible tea barrels to reflect her husbands occupation. This sounded really complex at first and I did wonder how we would fit it all in! After a bit of discussion, we came up with the idea for this night time scene, showing some smugglers bringing barrels from a small fishing boat onto the beach, watched over by a Poldark type figure in the foreground. I think the cut outs on the tea barrels & horse showing the reflection of the moonlight work really well in adding atmosphere to the scene. The customer loved the idea, and we just needed to make a few tweaks, playing about especially with the position of the Diamond shapes to come up with this final design.

The customer was delighted with the finished sign, leaving the comments below in an email:

“Thank you so much for the smugglers housesign. It is amazing and exactly what we wanted. We are really pleased with it.”

We’re thrilled to hear this as we love the design too, and are very much looking forward to the challenge of bringing more swinging sign design ideas to life in 2017!

Fox and Badger Weathervane

Weathervane Image

Potentially a new favourite design – really love our Fox and Badger Weathervane! The Fox on his own has been one of our most popular weathervanes for a while, and I drew the Badger initially as part of some murals we produced recently, but the customer preferred the Fox as part of her wall art, leaving this Badger filed away on my computer. But then we were contacted by a lady asking for a weathervane design with a Fox and Badger together, so was no trouble to put them together with a bit of distinctive fern design as a bit of decoration. Was delighted to find a use for the Badger as I really like him! Reckon this design could look great incorporated into a swinging farm sign too.

Highland Cow Farm Sign

Highland Cow Farm Sign Image

A swinging farm sign we’ve produced recently for a farm breeding Highland Cows. I love Highland Cattle so really enjoyed doing the design! The customer chose an unusual font called ‘Algerian’; we’ve never used this one before, and though it looks great and really stands out, it was a challenge to paint by hand and took a lot longer than the standard ‘Times New Roman’.

Swinging Pub Sign

Bespoke Pub SignHere’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.

 

Bespoke Swinging Sign

Sign In situ Photo Swinging Sign Photo Tink for Perthi SignLove 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!

 

JCB Digger Sign

Photo of JCB Digger signWe’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.

 

Pub Style Sign

Pub Sign PhotoHere’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.

Bespoke Bakery Sign

Mornington CrescentOur 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.