Joe Joe was the beloved horse and long time friend of a girl in Illinois. After Joe Joe passed away, she wanted to remember him in a metal silhouette on her barn. The next blog posting will show the barn with a silhouette created from this photograph.
Whats happening at Torchcraft....
My blog will only allow one picture per posting, so here is the wing art to the Alemana Ranch. See next posting for other side. These are ovals cut from a 4' x 8' x 3/16" plate.
One of my favorite places! 15" tall letters above the entrance to the establishment.
A great Place to Shoot.
New home with rock wall winged entrance is graced with the name of the place. Cut from 3/16" place and mounted with anchors so that it can be removed (much later) for repainting.
Ranch entrance design that is clean and impressive. Near San Diego, Texas. This is one of my all time favorites.
Recently I posted a picture of the Rancho Consuelo sign in raw steel before painting. The customer was kind enough to send a picture of the sign mounted at his ranch in Rock Springs, Tx. Great presentation. Very different and a wonderful way to display his sign.
1/4" plate steel and a trip to the store for rings, votives and candles. Not painted, natural steel with a clear coat sprayed on.
When you build a pation/bbq/pool where the old dog pen used to be, you name it THE DOG PEN. Pictured in the sign is a copy of a family lab that is well missed.
Customer in New Jersey ordered two like signs for her dad's farm. Shown with primer paint and was later top coated with Deep Rubbed Bronze.
Ranch owner's family has special feelings about the little angles in the state outline.
I always like windmills and the horseback rider reminds me of my day and his favorite
saddle horse, Joe.
I liked the little boy and little girl angels in the State outline. This was something special that has meaning to the land owners. And, I always like windmills. The cowboy is of a different generation and reminds me of my dad when he was horseback.
Grand Dad built his grand children a playground and needed a sign to grace the entrance. Special times with special people. Go Grand Dad!
American Shooting Center in Houston wanted to create a place for the photos of the shooting event winners. They prepared a concrete pad and a nice setting with the pond in the back ground. The metal pieces were taken to a sand blaster in Boerne and powder coated to combat the Houston elements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.