Personalised gift for Gardener

gardener weathervane photoA great photo of our Gardeners weathervane. We’ve produced loads of variations on this design, for example using different breeds of dog or even including a cat, and altering the style of clothing the couple are wearing, plus we also have a version showing just a man or just a woman gardening for those who’s other halves are not a fan of this outdoor pastime! We’re happy to make these little alterations at no extra cost, so it’s a perfect way to produce a personalised gift for any keen gardener. This weathervane is shown with professionally gilded letter bars, which sparkle beautifully as soon as the sun hits them, so a really special touch that will make the weathervane even more eyecatching for years to come. Our gardener weathervane can be purchased by following the link below to our website:

Gardeners Weathervane

Do contact us on 0161 681 4293 or fill out our contact form if you’d like to discuss a variation on this design.

Cat and Mouse Weathervanes

We’ve recently created two different Cat and Mouse weathervanes. The first one shows the Cat stalking the blissfully unaware mouse, while the second shows more of a chase in action. As with so many of our dog weathervanes, these Cat designs could be personalised to represent your pet; for example fur length, tail length or anything else distinctive about your feline friend. There is no extra charge for minor alterations like these, so get in contact to discuss your ideas!cat weathervane image cat weathervane imageI look forward to adding these to our portfolio online – currently our dog weathervanes massively exceed the number of Cat weathervanes so there is some work to be done here! A great gift for a Cat lover.

Bespoke Horse weathervane

horses weathervane photoWe created this bespoke weathervane to match the markings of a customer’s horse, using cut outs to show the areas of white. It’s a great way to personalise a weathervane design, and is not difficult to do if a clear photo is provided. We’re currently working on a version of this design where one of the horses has a lot more white on his coat – this makes it a little more challenging in making sure the design is strong enough with there being so much cut out. Our current range of horse weathervanes can be found here, and we are always up for the challenge of bringing a bespoke design idea to life!

Weathervane for ITVs Love your Garden

Earlier this year we donated a weathervane to an ITV programme called Love your Garden. The idea of the show is that they re design a garden for a deserving member of the public, in this case a 90 something year old D-Day veteran who had been a keen gardener but was now unable to manage. He had been a dispatch rider during the war, hence the motorcycle weathervane. We’ve produced a good range of different motorbike weathervanes now, but the editor chose the ‘Windy Day’ design based on a vintage Sunbeam, due to the light hearted nature of the design. We were glad to give one of our weathervanes to such a worthy cause. motorbike weathervane photo

Personalised Weathervane


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A great example of a personalised weathervane, given as a birthday gift. Our customer contacted us asking if we could produce a bespoke weathervane featuring her husband and the things he loves; this included playing the guitar, fishing, walking their Border Collie, and drinking good wine.  Though we have created fishing weathervanes, border collie weathervanes and even a few with people drinking on them, at first it seemed a little challenging as to how on earth we would fit all of these seemingly quite different interests into one image, but we did it! We’re really proud of the design, especially as these are pretty well all things we enjoy ourselves so it was a fun one to draw despite initally having no idea how to go about it. The customer and the recipient were both delighted with their personalised weathervane; she even sent us a video of her husband opening the suprise gift, which was genuinely fantastic for us to see, as we never normally get to see people’s reactions to what we have designed and made for them!

VW Beetle Weathervane


VW Beetle Weathervane photo
We’ve been meaning to add the iconic VW Beetle to our range of weathervanes for ages, so are delighted to post this photo show we’ve finally got around to it!

Though these days the Beetle is more often remembered fondly as a car of the swinging sixties, it was initally designed in pre WW2 Germany by Ferdinand Porsche, at the request of a Mr Hitler. It needed be a ‘car of the people’; to seat two adults and two children, with space for their luggage, and cruise at 60mph. Importantly, it also needed to be affordable, and could be purchased through a savings card system. By the time the second world war broke out in 1939, only a handful of consumer cars had been produced, and all customer orders had been cancelled as production was switched from civilian vehicles to that of military vehicles. One of these was an amphibious vehicle, delightfully named the ‘Schwimmwagen’.

LMS Jubilee & LNER Flying Scotsman Weathervanes

Our portfolio of weathervane and sign designs has grown over the past few years, based mostly on customer requests for new designs.  Fairly early on we created a design based on the iconic Flying Scotsman but it was some time later before the LMS Jubilee was finally added to our design portfolio.  Now the design work is done we can also incorporate these into house signs and decorative steel panels made to a customer’s specifications.  Hopefully other rail enthusiasts will see these current designs and might want to commission other designs based around other locomotives.  We have already done a great design based on a customer’s traction engine too.

The Flying Scotsman is world famous, in part due to its record setting top speed (reaching 100mph in 1934) and probably more significant in terms of actual usage its record for the longest non-stop run for a steam locomotive when it covered 422 miles in Australia.  When the Scotsman became key in the rivalry between the LMS West Coast service and the LNER East coast service up to Edinburgh it was not the phenomenal top speed that really mattered, but the ability to run non-stop.  This was achieved in part due to a corridor through the tender to allow the crew to change over without stopping.  The significance of this is not to be understated, when you consider that during the London-Edinburgh trip the fireman would need to shovel around 7 tons of coal!   The other key thing required for a non-stop run is a lot of water, which was often supplied by use of water troughs between the rails and scoops, especially in Britain.  The later Flying Scotsman tender could hold 5,000 gallons of water. Flying Scotsman Weathertvane PhotoThe LMS Jubilee class locomotives were initially built from 1934 1936 and were designed for mainline passenger work, with 191 built in total.  They were a very common sight on the LMS lines right through until they were eventually decommissioned in the 1960’s.  Their length of service and indeed numbers does mean the Jubilee class does have a nostalgia factor for a lot of rail enthusiasts, coupled with the fact there are four preserved examples still running on heritage lines in the UK today.Steam train weathervane photo

As a great little personal touch, one customer asked if we would be able to add a signal box to their weathervane.  We thought about this a little as we did not want to affect the balance and function of the weathervane itself and eventually concluded the best option would be to have the signal box on the letter bars (North, South, East, West) beneath the sail, so the train appears to be flying past it.  I think a house sign could look great with a bit of a landscape scene in it featuring both a locomotive and signal box… perhaps a project for the not too distant future.

Our LMS Jubilee weathervane was featured on channel 4’s ‘Shed of the Year’ programme, as one of the entries into the competition was a railway enthusiast with a shed beautifully done up to house his collection of memorabilia, with our weathervane as the finishing touch to his roof. This weathervane can be found on the link below:

LMS Jubilee

 

 

Lancaster Bomber Weathervane

Lancaster Bomber WeathervaneA photo sent in showing our Lancaster Bomber weathervane insitu. It was bought as a gift, and is now mounted to the top of a wooden post in the garden. This is a great option for mounting a weathervane when you don’t have a suitable out building. The wooden posts can be picked up from places like Wickes for less than £15, and we can supply a weathervane fixing specifically for this purpose, so it’s a relatively easy way of creating a unique focal point in the centre of your garden, where it can be easily seen and admired.

The iconic Lancaster Bomber is one of the first designs that started our range of military weathervanes. These four engined planes were produced during the second world war, and actually the majority were manufactured in Chadderton, just a couple of miles from our workshop. You can see more of our aeroplane and military vehicles weathervanes in the ‘other vehicles‘ section of the website, and as always we’d love to expand our range so do not charge extra for new designs.

Swallows Weathervane

Swallows WeathervaneWe’ve just had this photo of our Swallows weathervane emailed in by the customer. Though she chose to have no letter bars when ordering the weathervane, it’s such a great photo I thought it was worth posting. I love how the bright blue sky makes the birds’ markings stand out, the laser cut design is very distinctively Swallows. One of our more popular weathervanes!

Tractor Weathervane

Tractor Weathervane

Our John Deere Tractor weathervane stands out really well on the gable end of this barn, and we’re glad to hear our customer is delighted with it. We sent the weathervane out initially with a standard 18” long pole as usual, but when the customer came to mount it, he discovered that this was not quite long enough for the intended location, so contacted us to order another. We were happy to swap the standard pole for a longer one free of charge, as the returned pole can easily be re used for someone else.

We’ve produced a range of tractor weathervane designs now, though many of them from more of a vintage era than this. We’d love to expand our range in this area, so can produce new tractor designs for no extra cost. Check out our current range of Excavator and Tractor weathervanes on the link below – they make a great gift for farmers as they can be personalised to whatever extent your imagination will allow.

https://www.blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk/tractors-excavators

A bespoke Tractor weathervane we produced recently began as a Massey Ferguson 135, so a fairly straightforward design to produce there. Our customer then realised how much more unique the gift would be if we were able to include her father driving the Tractor, plus some of his animals. The only issue I have with designs like this is that the more individual components in a design, the smaller everything will have to be in order for the sail to balance, which is vital in the functioning of the weathervane. So we ended up adding a Cow, Sheep, Pig and Chickens, along with a waving driver, making it completely unique and personalised; a great gift for any farmer!Tractor Weathervane image