This design is a great example of how easily a weathervane can be personalised. The sail shows the LMS Jubilee steam train; we’ve mounted it centrally and added a tail as its such a long & low profile; this allows the design to be slightly larger and also function better. The customer had asked for a signal box to be incorporated into the design, but we felt that this could not really fit on the arrow bar with the train, so we’ve welded it to one of the letter bars instead of scrolls. A completely unique weathervane!
This hand painted weathervane was ordered by one of our customers for her partners birthday. This is the first hand painted motorcycle design we have produced, it did create some new challenges but we are very proud of the finished result. Though this example is on a weathervane there is no reason we could not do a piece such as this on a house sign or even as a stand alone peice of wall art. As you can see the level of detail included stands up to very close inspection.
This weathervane is based on a Triumph Bonneville, we had already done the initial siloutte design, which we have been producing both as a weathervane and house sign for a number of years now but in order to get the hand painted detailing correct we needed to do quite a bit more research. Fortunately the customer started us off in the right direction by providing a couple of photographs of their bike so we could match the colour scheme. One of the issues we had was how sucessful Triumph had been with the Bonneville over the years and as such how many variations have been produced. The initial silhoutte was taken from a modern Hinckley built bike so there were various subtle differences we had to allow for, for example the kickstart was gone and the carbs. have now been replaced with fuel injection (albeit designed to look as close to the original as possible). The other big difference with working on a motorcycle design (as oppose to a car or even animal) is the difference between one side of the bike and the other. Not only in terms of the controls but also the engine casings, which were very different from one side to the other. I hope we have done it justice and the customer has already been in touch to say how thrilled they are with it so we can get on with the next design with the satisfaction of a job well done.
We can do designs based on any motorcycle and with the correct photos or information can even colour match it to your bike and allow for any customisations to make it unique to you. We have done a number of motorcycle designs in silhouette already, including a Harley Davidson, a Brough Superior, a Velocette and a number of designs based around TT legend Joey Dunlop. The designs can be found using the link below, if you would like a different bike doing then please get in touch, we do not generally charge for design work as this is how we have built up our portfolio and will be more than happy to work with you to get the design just right.
Another great photo of our Witch Weathervane! I initially designed this for a lady in Spain; the design went back and forth a few times until it was just right, and now it’s one of our most popular weathervanes. Shown here on a sunny October day in Cheshire with gilded cardinal points (letters). Our witch weathervane can be ordered here.
Here are some photos of a fairly epic project that’s been nearly a year in the making. This week past couple of weeks we’ve taken a bit of a departure from our usual weathervanes and swinging farm signs, and filled the workshop with these enormous bespoke pieces of wall art. The theme for this project was ‘The Seasons’, and the sizes range from 160 cm high up to 210cm for the gate so there hasn’t been a lot of space for anything else recently!
We’re used to producing bespoke weathervanes drawings, where I’ll have to create a design based on a model of car, or breed of dog, but this project has been on a different scale altogether. The Spring mural shows a tree going from winter on the left, with all it’s branches bare, into Spring on the right of the piece, with buds, leaves and blossom developing. There’s a bird sat on a nest, and swallows returning from their winter migration. The focal point at the bottom of the piece is two star gazing Hares. The Summer mural shows an Oak tree in full bloom, with a design inspired by wildflowers around the base. Field mice, poppies and corn are also included as things associated with Summer, and the centre of the wall art depicts the legend of the Green Man. The Autumn Mural shows the leaves falling, and the full moon background suggests the nights closing in, with the Fox in the foreground as an example of a typically nocturnal animal.
The bespoke gate and side panel depict winter; a snow covered tree, the fox asleep below ground, and the whole piece decorated with snowflakes and holly. The top panel shows the phases of the moon. Phiz has done an amazing job in welding all these pieces together; it doesn’t look like it from the photos but the tolerances were actually very tight as it all needed to bolt together, and fit exactly in between the customer’s house and garage. The design work especially has taken absolutely ages, but we’re really proud of what we have created here, and it’s shown us what is possible both in terms of laser cutting and our skills in bringing a customers ideas to life. I’ve no doubt that these will look amazing on the wall in Carlisle when they are plated and powder coated, and would definitely take on another bespoke wall art project like this in the future.
And now back to the workshop where there are a large number of weathervanes and farm signs needing our attention!
A couple of photos of our hand painted Peacock weathervane. It was commissioned by a customer who keeps a pet Peacock, so I was able to work from a photo of his bird. Hand painting the colour finish was a very challenging job, it took far longer than any of our other colour weathervanes due to the complexity (the tail especially), but so pleased with the result, as was our customer. Well worth the hard work!
We added the weathervane tail beneath the bar to give the back of the sail more surface area; due to the shape of the Peacock, there is more surface area at the front than would be ideal for the weathervane functioning correctly, so this addition balances it out, allowing it to spin into the wind as it should.
There we were thinking the weather was against us, it’s the start of our show season for the year and against all odds it’s snowing… in late March?! It’s a hard task selling metalwork at shows where a large number of customers don’t make it due to the weather and those that do are virtually too numb to talk. So you can imagine how pleased we were when this image popped up in our inbox!
This photo was taken by a customer who received his weathervane as a Christmas present from his daughter. It’s a great example of the actual functionality of weathervanes. The snow on the roof and the sail pointing steadfastly to the east, gives a great indication of what is happening. The moody sky in the background shows the black silhouette perfectly.
Even here at Black Fox we accept that generally weathervanes are firstly considered based on aesthetics and secondly on function but we always make sure ours are correctly balanced to work accurately. Given the recent bizarre weather we have all been experiencing I guess that weather is on everyone’s mind, I’d think people are checking their weathervanes all over the country at the moment. It’s good to be able to get this kind of actual connection with the weather rather than depending on the forecasters at the Met Office!