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Rafter 10

Rafter 10

Cutest barn in South Texas.  Home to some cute ponies that pull carts, buggies and wagons.  Brand was a Christmas gift from the husband to the wife.  Cut from 1/8" plate and painted with Rustoleum hammered finish black paint. 

JJ O'Connell Company

JJ O'Connell Company

Company name but out of 3/16" plate steel and 1/4" studs welded to the back side for mounting on a decorative concrete wall. 
I am totally amazed that the customer could mount all of the pieces in such perfect fashion.  The iron was taken to a powder coating company for sand blasting and coating.  Should last a very long time and really looks nice.  I was honored to have a part in this project. 

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Large Outdoor Fireplace Screen 44"x44"

Large Outdoor Fireplace Screen 44"x44"

A repeat customer built a beautiful outdoor fireplace for which he needed a screen for.  The opening is rather large, 44"x44".  The customers last name is Vrana and he informed me that he wanted a crow scene because crow in Czech is vrana!  I have a special love for crows as I actually had a crow for a pet at one time.  The crow is sitting on my shoulder in the picture below. 

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Guadalupe Brewing

Guadalupe Brewing

Super neat job for a customer who wanted to give this to his friend who started his own brewing company.  The brewing company is Guadalupe Brewing Co. in New Braunfels, TX.  The logo is a cowboy riding/rowing a keg of beer down the Guadalupe River.  The brewing logo was cut from 3/16" plate steel, tempered and clear coated.

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Gate sign for the K Bar Ranch

Gate sign for the K Bar Ranch

Customer designed his sign and it is one of my favorites.  I like the old cow head with turned down horns.  I also remember the K Bar pocket knives that were popular when I was young.  This piece was cut from 1/4" plate, painted black and has welding tabs on the back side for welding to the gate. 

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Mariner design for a towboat captian

Mariner design for a towboat captian

A visitor from the coastal area, came to my store and requested a piece made to replicate the gold medallion that hung from his necklace.  The man is a towboat captian who pushes barges up and down the waterways.  Sometimes, these barges extend to 750 feet in length.  Definitely have to plan to drive that train.  The art piece that was made is 30" in diameter.  The Christ figure is a separate piece which is bolted onto the art with stainless hardware. It is to be mounted on their home where they have had lighting installed to highlight the art as a symbol of their Christain belief.

Elephants in South Texas

Elephants in South Texas

Well there have never been many elephants in South Texas but I liked the silhouette of this elephant and the typical African tree.  Made a nice lamp and it is a nice change from the many whitetail and domestic critters that usually get named on such projects.  The lamp shade is my wife's selection. 

New Mexico gate art

New Mexico gate art

Customer wanted some art on a gate he was building.  Old tractor, milo and his father in law's Piper Lance airplane.  That cold scene is in New Mexico.

Truck Headache Rack Name Plate

Truck Headache Rack Name Plate

Recent order for last name cut out of 3/16" plate to be mounted on the back of work truck.  Painted white to match the truck cab and looks very nice on the black headache frame.  Notice it was mounted high enough to not block the rearview of the driver. 

Torchcraft Gate with new saddle color

Torchcraft Gate with new saddle color

The gate that I built for display out in front of the store, kept having a problem with the color of the saddle for being visable from the interstate highway. First, I painted the saddle red like the lettering and it just didn't contrast with the background.   Secondly, I painted the saddle silver to see if I could get a better contrast.  Still didn't have the "Pop" that I needed.  Well, guess what, YELLOW seems to bring out the look that is well displayed and visible.  The saddle and lettering is cut from 1/8" plate to keep the weight down on the gate. 

The Wildlife photographer provides a better picture

The Wildlife photographer provides a better picture

Well, the photographer came forward with a much better picture of his rig.  This truck can go anywhere and look good doing it.  Torchcraft art welded on the back of his headache rack as well as the custom tailgate.  Not only can this guy shoot a camera but he can fabricate too.   Again, I am honored that he has chosen to display my art in such a unique way.  Thanks Eddie

Hopper sign is now mounted

Hopper sign is now mounted

Here is the The Hopper sign mounted and I sure do like the way it turned out.  What a neat way to display your sign. The name sign is a perfect display in front of the home.  Hung by chains from a stand that once held a flag pole.

Sign with Cats

Sign with Cats

Well, if you need to put a name and put two cats but have limited room, let one cat hold the O!  Works for me and the customer liked it too.

Cowgirl with Winchester rifle

Cowgirl with Winchester rifle

When this little girl came to Torchcraft, I thought of a lot of things that she can proclaim.  When momma aint happy.....ain't nobody happy!   Welcome but Behave!  Go Away.   Howdy seemed to be a good one.  You can order this little darling and say whatever you decide.   Cut from 3/16" plate and painted for outdoors. 

Sun and Moon wall hanging

Sun and Moon wall hanging

One of my favorite things to do is combine tempering of the steel for colors and adding brass for added color and dimension.   I found this design while looking through a magazine many years ago.  It was actually hanging on African queen's necklace and made of gold.  I guess brass is a poor man's gold but it gives a nice look to the sun's face.  

Custom branding irons

Custom branding irons

Custom brand made for customer who's initials are LV but his wife's name starts with a G so he modified he brand to accomodate the G with the number 6.  This brand is made with 1/4" x 1" strap steel. 

Rooster playing a Guitar on a Metal Farm

Rooster playing a Guitar on a Metal Farm

Well, this is brotherly love in true fashion.  A fellow in Washington state wanted to give his brother in Memphis, Tennessee a sign for his new farm.  The brother favors the image on the sign......a chichen playing a guitar.  This may have something to do with the fact that the Tennessee brother is involved in music.  The font used is IRON MAIDEN for you that are young enough to recognize that name.  It was explained to me.  The sign is shown in raw steel prior to painted black. 

Custom Gates

Custom Gates

Over the years, Torchcraft has made many pieces for gates made by other fabricators and Torchcraft makes gates from time to time.  I recently made a gate to display in front of my store to show the public that I welcome gates and always ready to place names and art on them.  The gate shown here is
a 13 foot gate with a 2" outside frame and 3/4" pickets.  Heigth is approximately 72" at the top of the arch and had 60" sides. 

Incarnate Word Academy in Brownsville, Texas

Incarnate Word Academy in Brownsville, Texas

This is a repeat on an original order from Incarnate Word.  The picture shown is of the crown after it is primed with etching primer and before the top coat of black paint.  The metal this is cut from is 1/4".

Rolling Art

Rolling Art

In a previous post, my South Texas photographer friend had installed the headache rack art to his pickup.  Now after fabricating his own tail gate, he included a Bobwhite quail and dog scene. 

Howling Wolf

Howling Wolf

Customer furnished his own art of a really nice howling wolf.  Cut from heavy 1/4" plate and incorporated the address numbers to new home. 

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His and Her Gate Inserts

His and Her Gate Inserts

This order is for two ovals to be inserted in custom made gates.  Cut from 3/16" plate.  The two Fords are copied from photos that the customer sent of his project pets.  The tree is inspired from a painting the wife has of their relationship.

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Better Than Nothing!

Better Than Nothing!

Here is the real deal.   Someone, who we won't name, looked at the new ranch and said "mejor que nada" which translate to better than nothing!  So that became the name of the ranch.  Now that is original and unique. 

 

Brand or Initials on a Texas Plaque

Brand or Initials on a Texas Plaque

Not a brand, but in this case the person's initials are welded onto a Texas plaque.  The plaque is tempered and the 1/4" thick initials are welding on to the plaque from the back side, then they are polished to a silver finish.  The entire piece is clear coated and a hanger in the back for wall display. 

Moore Boys Farm

Moore Boys Farm

Moore Boys Farm.....This is a sign that was made for a customer in Arkansas.  Actually, I recieved an order for a gate and wings from a lady and this
is from a family member.  The top picture shows the gate topper in my shop after it was primed.  The overhead art was mounted and later I received
the order for the gate and wings.  I like this job and the folks were fun to deal with. 

 

 

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Bunn Orthodontics in San Antonio

Bunn Orthodontics in San Antonio

Bunn Orthodontics in San Antonio - has an established logo that was designed to simulate teeth with braces.  The sun flower was an addon and the peace symbol was added after the flower.  Asked me to make it out of metal.  The circle of teeth is cut from 3/16" plate, while the flower is brazed with brass.  The peace symbol is tempered like the teeth.  A coat of automotive clear coat was sprayed over the entire piece.  Lettering is tempered and clear coated as well.

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Hen key holder using horseshoe and horseshoe nails

Hen key holder using horseshoe and horseshoe nails

I recently made the sign for the luxury chicken coop and I borrowed one of the hen designs to create a key holder.  The large horseshoe nails are great for hanging keys, pot holders, ribbons and such.  The hen is heated to give the colors and a clear coat is applied.  This hen is getting ready to scratch the ground and look for whatever she turns up.  

Hanging Meat

Hanging Meat

I had the pleasure of hunting on the Kenedy Ranch down at Sarita, Texas for a number of years.  The division we hunted is called La Parra, which means the grape vine.  The size of La Parra is somewhere around 26,000 acres and it is loaded with game.  The recent pieces I just cut and painted for a gate in Giddens, Texas are hanging in my shop and it reminded me of going to the coolers at La Parra and seeing all of the game that had been harvested.  This particular gate will sport  buck, doe, hog, turkey tom, cactus with quail, ducks and flying doves.  I hope the gate owner will send a picture of the finished product.

Cattle Brand mounted on key / cap holder

Cattle Brand mounted on key / cap holder

This order came from a customer who's great great great great grandfather was quite a piece of Texas history.  I looked up Jose Antonio Navarro and there is too much to list here.   He was a statesman, rancher, politician, revolutionary and merchant.  Also, he was one of the original signers of the Texas Declaration of Indepence.  If you like Texas history, look up Jose Antonio Navarro and read about this Texas patriot.  This brand was his.   I like the old brands as they have a style of their own.  This is all cut from 3/16" plate and has 1/4" round rod for hangers.  Painted flat black and holes for mounting on the wall. 

For the Bayou Gal

For the Bayou Gal

It is a good day when the Cajun girls come through my area.  One of them has a husband that works on the Texas coast and they like to make the trip to visit.  They bring one husband for changing flats and picking up the meal tickets.   It seems that they like Texas Bar B Que.  Well, the cajun queen ordered a sign for her husband.  I could listen to her accent all day.  They are all fun people and I hope they continue to stop by. 

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