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Smokin' Switch Cain remembered

Smokin' Switch Cain remembered

We had the sad occasion of making a grave marker for a great Lab a few years back and now the son of that dog was lost also.  People who appreciate dogs in this way have a lot of heart.   Great dogs are never forgotten. 

Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch

Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch

Everyone knows that New Mexico is an art state.  This is what happens when Texans go to their Ruidoso ranch and get creative with their black silhouette ranch sign.  This sign came "ALIVE" with colors!   Very nice.  

Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch - Ruidoso, New Mexico

Vera Cruz Mountain Ranch - Ruidoso, New Mexico

Had the opportunity to creat a sign for a good friend who purchased a ranch out of Ruidoso, New Mexico.  The ranch is among the Vera Cruz Mountain range and the sign reflects that range in it's design.   Also reflected is all of the critters that live on that range and of course the famous Kokopelli doing all of the Kokopelli things that they do on that ranch.  It is a beautiful area and I got the pleasure of going there and seeing the sign grace the ranch headquarters.  

Tannerite Shooting Target - Metal Art

Tannerite Shooting Target - Metal Art

How to have a bang with your target shooting.   This is an elephant cut out of AR plate.  There is a quarter size hole for a target bulls eye.  Behind the hole on the back side is a tub of Tannerite exploding target material.  When a bullet of 223 size or larger is placed in the target hole and the Tannerite is exploded, it is a real thrill.  Maybe not as much as a real hunt but very impressive.  The animal is mounted on springs to allow it to reposition itself after normal hits but you need to really anchor it down for the explosion to hold it in place.  I haven't marketed these but made it for personal use. 

It is a great way to GET A BANG OUT OF TARGET SHOOTING.

 

Gate sign with bass and name

Gate sign with bass and name

House/farm gate with owners passion and name attached. 

Navy Seabees

Navy Seabees

This young Seabee was given a boot filled with concrete.  Apparently the Seabees have a since of humor.  He needed a handle for the ceremonial boot.  Since he was stationed in South Texas, he chose the state of Texas with the Seabees logo attached to the state.  The logo is welded on from the back side of the state and the logo is ground down to a shinny finish.   A top coat of clear coat protects the finish. 

Cowboy lineup!

Cowboy lineup!

The customer requested a gang of horseback riders.  Twenty seven riders to be exact.  This is going on their new home's exterior with lighting behind to show case the art.  Cut from 3/16" plate and has brackets to set it away from the wall approx 3 inches.  Picture shown is after the primer was sprayed on.  Top coat will be black.

Office wall name and company logo

Office wall name and company logo

Business in Pennsylvania wanted their company name and logo for the office wall. Cut from 3/16" plate and tempered with heat for the "hot iron colors", then clear coated to preserve the finish. 

Nest Feathers store front sign

Nest Feathers store front sign

A local merchant wanted to put her store name / logo on the front of her very old and unique store.  The store is one of the oldest building in down town Pleasanton.   A worth while stop and shop if you are in the area. 

Gate insert

Gate insert

Customer has a new gate being made and requested an insert to display his name, brand and reflection of their interests.  Gate builder will place this in the center section of new gate.  Hopefully, we will receive a picture back of the finished product. 

Incarnate Word

Incarnate Word

I made one of these several years ago for Incarnate Word in Brownsville.  This time it was ordered by a group of individuals as a donation.  This will be placed indoors. Cut from 3/16" plate steel.  Painted in copper and red colors. 

American Shooter Center

American Shooter Center

American Shooting Center in Houston is putting up an arch for photos to be taken by the winners of the shooting competition.   Arch is 12 feet wide.

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The Torchcraft Difference....

Torchcraft cuts most outdoor signs from 3/16-inch (7 gauge) new plate steel.  Indoor signs may be cut from 1/8-inch steel.  It's easy to see from the photo the difference in thickness of Torchcraft steel vs the "other guys".  Most other artist cut from a flimsy 14 gauge steel such as the one pictured above that I picked up from a local art show.  When you think about your metal sign, do you want one as thick as a paper clip or as thick as 4 dimes? Thats an 82% difference.

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