Steam Train Weathervane on Shed of the Year

Weathervane screen shotOur LMS Jubilee Steam Train weathervane was recently featured on Channel 4′s ‘Amazing Spaces – Shed of the Year’ Competition! The shed it is mounted on was shortlisted in the summerhouse category, and features various pieces of railway memorabilia including a section of railtrack outside and all sorts of vintage posters decorating the walls inside. Our weathervane takes pride of place on the front gable of the building, and can be seen on the following link:

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/amazing-spaces-shed-of-the-year/on-demand/65677-001

It’s series 4 episode 1, and the summerhouse with our weathervane on is featured between about 17 and 20 minutes in. Unfortunatley it didn’t win the category, but fantastic that it was shortlisted in the competition!

Beauty Salon Weathervane

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Weathervane Rough IdeaHere’s a weathervane we’ve produced recently for a Beauty Salon owner, along with a description and images showing how we reached the final design.

Initially, our customer contacted us asking for a bespoke weathervane for her daughter in law, based around a ‘nail varnish emoji’. Other than this she was not specific, and was unsure as to how it would come together. But we like a design based challenge! So, my initial idea was to take aspects of the nail varnish emoji, so the close up of fingernails and the bottle of polish, and frame these in an ornate, vintage style mirror, which would form the sail for a banner weathervane. I roughly photoshopped it together for the customer and emailed it over, but she wasn’t that keen on the design. We couldn’t think of a better way to depict the emoji, so decided to abandon this route. She then sent over a clip art of two ladies having their nails done, and wondered if we could produce something similar.

So the photo above is the idea we went with; initially I had drawn more traditional looking antique chairs, but we all felt that this made the design look too formal; the customer said she was after something a little more relaxed and fun. So I drew a couple of more modern looking stools, and relaxed the posture of the two women a little, and there you have the final design! A lot of work went into this bespoke weathervane design, partly because beauty salons and nail varnish emojis are not a strong subject of ours, but I think we’ve learnt quite a lot here and have ended up with a unique design that everyone was very happy, & the finished weathervane looks very classy.

Golf Weathervane

Golf weathervane photoHere’s a great photo of our new Golf weathervane in it’s new home. I don’t know much about golf myself, so did a bit of research about what a good swing looks like when creating the design. We added the Golf bag later to give the design a bit of context and also to help the weathervane balance, therefore improving it’s functionality. We decided to have this laser cut profile mouted centrally on the weathervane with a tail at the end, as the Golfer himself does not have a lot of surface area for the wind to catch. We’re really happy with how it turned out, and love this photo that the customer has just emailed in!

Border Collie & Master Weathervane

Weathervane ImageA bespoke weathervane we’ve produced in the last couple of weeks. When I sent the initial drawing over to the customer, she loved the dog straight away but asked for the man to be altered to look more like her husband (who the weathervane was a gift for). She sent a good quality image of him, so I was able to alter the build of the man, change for a more appropriate hat, and even copy the side profile of his face. It’s fantastic to be able to personalise designs down to tiny details like this! The customer was thrilled with the finished weathervane, as was the recipient. She has sent the following comments:

“I just had to let you know that my husband was thrilled to bits with his bespoke weathervane. The design was perfectly interpreted from the photo image I sent to you, which made it all the more personal.

I was very pleased with the quality of the item and with the service I received from you in the preparation of this gift.

We will, of course, send you a photo of the working weathervane once it is in position.

Once again, Jenny,  many thanks for your help.”

Rugby Weathervane

Weathervane PhotoA Rugby ‘line out’ weathervane we designed and made at the end of last year. The design was a challenge because line outs are, by their nature a bit chaotic, which does not translate well into silhouette form. I wanted each figure to be distinguishable from the next, while still looking realistic, which took a suprising amount of time to acheive! We decided to mount the design centrally & use a tail in order to improve the balance, as it is quite a tall but not very wide profile. Delighted with the finished result, as was the customer. We have even gilded the rugby ball for an extra special touch.

Vintage motorbike on a windy day

weathervane photoOne of the more unusual weathervane designs we’ve done! The customer wanted us to create a weathervane based on a vintage Sunbeam motorcycle being ridden on a windy day. Initially we tried ideas such as trees blowing  & a signpost bending in the wind, and even a cartoon cloud physically blowing towards the motorcyclist. In the end though, we felt that that all of this took away from this very cool vintage motorbike, so decided to keep the bike and rider alone. Having the rider hunched down trying to avoid the worst of the weather didn’t seem to get the point across very clearly, so decided to add a bit of a comedy element to the design. The customer loved it so this is what we’ve gone for!

Dog Weathervanes

Dog weathervane photoThe latest photo to add to our gallery; a Flat coated Retriever weathervane! When we initially came up with this design, the customer had asked for ‘not just a plain side profile’ – she wanted us to try and capture some of the breed’s personality in the image. So I drew the dog in a really playful, running pose, through a patch of long grass. The difficulty was in showing the long coat without the dog looking a bit of a mess, which I think we eventually acheived very well, though this took quite a bit of tweaking. We love this photo as it shows the beautiful surrounding area and the gilded letters look fantastic as the light catches them.

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Austin 7 Weathervane

Austin 7 weathervane photoOur Austin 7 weathervane! We love these litte cars and were delighted when someone commissioned the design. We had produced an Austin 7 weathervane in the past; it was designed largely by the customer in a 1930s sort of cartoon style, with a policeman stood at the front stopping the car. Though it looked very cool, it wasn’t our design to sell, so hasn’t been available to buy through the website. Looking forward to adding this new design to our range of classic car weathervanes!

Very Large Weathervane for a Mansion or Barn

extra large weathervane parrots weathervaneRecently we’ve had quite a bit of demand for weathervanes larger than our standard large size of 30″ -  designed to go on a standard size of two storey house. We’ve occasionally made the odd larger one in the past for mansions or large farm buildings, but the past few weeks have seen loads, so are going to add an ‘extra large’ size to the website as a standard option.

With this particular weathervane design; the Parrots (Hyacinth Macaws to be precise) were sketched by the customer, who asked us to make the design function as a weathervane, and join the two birds with some distinctive Black Fox foliage. In terms of making the weathervane function, the only things I had to do were swap the two birds around, as originally the bird with it’s wings spread was on the side with the arrow, meaning that there would not have been enough surface area at the back for the weathervane to spin into the wind. I also needed to make a minor alteration to the eyes so they would be possible to cut. In terms of finishing the design itself, I printed the Parrot drawings and just doodled around them until I had something I felt would work. I then scanned this into the computer and traced over it using our design software.

This weathervane sail measures approx 130 cm across, with the sitting bird being just over 80 cm tall, so almost life size. We got the photo of me holding it to give a sense of the scale, it weighs a ton too! It’s just under the maximum size our courier will deliver; anything larger than this and the shipping costs would get ridiculous.

Pixie Weathervanes

Pixie Weathervane image Pixie weathervane photo pixie wind vaneA few years ago we were asked to produce a Pixie weathervane, based on a customer’s business logo ‘The Potted Pixie’. Its the middle image shown above, a fantastic photo sent in later by the customer.  Its been on our blog since then, but not the online shop as it’s not our design to sell, so we re did the design in a different style – see the black & white image above. At the end of last year, a customer had seen the original Pixie online, and wanted one just like it, as they felt that our new Pixie was a bit too whymsical for their taste. Bit of a dilema as it wouldn’t be fair to sell them what is pretty much someone else’s business logo, but difficult to re design as they had already seen the one they wanted! So anyway, after quite a bit of discussion & designs going back and forth on the email, we settled on the weathervane in the top image; the customer has just sent in this great photo, another nice one to add to the gallery. We’ve used a tail on it because the Pixie is so skinny, he wouldn’t have enough surface area to catch the wind.