Couple have a new house with wooden poles arching over the drive way. They wanted their house number displayed along with their last name and motorcycle silhouettes.
Whats happening at Torchcraft....
Had a very nice customer wanting to create a sign for his grandfather's ranch near Mountain Home. Very rocky country as it is near Rocks Springs. The sign is one of my favorite as it has a goat in it. "Old Chivto" might be his name as he is standing on the rock and watching over things. The customer did his own installation with a family member and it appears to be a very nice job.
Initials cut for farm entrance to celebrate the newly married couple who will live there. Cut from 3/16" plate and painted.
Carrizo Springs, Texas is the county seat of Dimmitt County. Recently they have constructed a new complex that included a 5 foot diameter metal seal cut from 1/2" plate steel. Torchcraft was awarded the project. This is hand cut from the 1/2" plate steel and sent to a sand blaster / powder coating company for finish.
I recently had a job that required using 1/2" plate steel. I have been playing with the scraps of that 1/2" plate. A good friend of mine who lives on the Kenedy ranch ask me about making the famous La Parra brand. I made him a regular cattle/horse brand but also cut the lettering out of the 1/2" plate steel along with the brand itself. La parra means grape vine in Spanish. Here the lettering is sitting on a block of oak, which make a good background.
Customer bought an LED shop light to be suspended over a large ranch house dining table. He wanted art work to hang over and around the light fixture. This piece is what was created for that.
Here is a unique sign for a customer that might like bikes. He was kind enough to remember to send a picture after he hung it in front of his entrance.
Ice house between San Antonio and Floresville recently opened up and wanted some western art on their new building. This art spans about 24 feet in width. Cut from 3/16" plate and painted with a brown enamel.
This sign represents a lot of about the owners. The ranch, located in Texas, has had the same brand in their family for three generatioins. Cattle are raised on the ranch and aviation has been a part of the the family history for a long time.
Customer furnished the idea of having five birds sitting on a limb with numbers on each bird. This piece is fresh cut without paint and width is 40" wide. Thickness of metal is 3/16".
Oil field service company in Dilley ask me to create a drilling rig scene for a wall in their office. The rig is 10 feet tall with a substructure of 15 feet wide. Complete with Christmas tree, flow line and tank battery. Everything is cut from 1/8" plate steel and painted black.
A fun couple dropped in the store the other day while out riding their bikes on the labor day weekend. Turned out they bought a couple of pieces and the question came up as to how they would manage to get it home since they were on their bikes. They managed to get one item in a saddle bag and the larger item was attached to the back of the seat rack with shrink wrap and packing tape. I enjoyed these two and hope they come back someday.
A super nice couple from Oregon came into the store recently and ordered a dreamcatcher to be made with the silhouetts of a lab and sheppard who had gone on. This was to be a gift for their son who lives in South Texas. We ended up adding a third dog that is still with their son. The dog silhouettes were copied from photos that they had. It took some tweaking to get the heads right but we finally managed to get the right look and stance. I very much enjoyed meeting and working with the folks. Hope they will return someday.
Customer in Big Springs Texas, who has ordered several times before, needed signage on a rock wall at his home.
Customer's design (his wife's ) but it sure looks good. You can see the great city of Big Springs in the background.
Always good to hear from Big Springs.
Over the years I have accumulated several good friends that started out as customers. This is an end table that a good friend/customer from Rock Port put together with mesquite wood for the top. Beautiful work. Whitetail deer and quail are featured on this one.
Previously posted is the insert to the other half of the gate being built for the hunting ranch. This is the same size of just under 8 feet wide and cut from 1/8" plate steel. The entire piece is cut from one sheet of steel. It will be taken to Chama, welded into the gate and painted.
A large gate is being built for the hunting ranch in Chama New Mexico. This scene will be an insert on half of the gate. Across the top of the gate will be an eagle, trout, mountain lion and turkeys. The bottom of the gate has two large windows. The sign shown here is a little less than 8 feet wide and cut out of 1/8" plate steel. The trees and mountain scene is a general copy of art that the ranch owner already owns and is hanging in the lodge. The other side of the gate is the same scene reversed and has an elk bull with two cows.
New Wine Church near Poteet, Texas. Beautiful new building with a nice cross on the front and an arched entrance with their name across the top.
Ranch is located in Clayton, New Mexico. All of the critters included in this sign are native to that country. The only animals that are not included is a mountain lion and antelope. There are plenty of antelope and some really impressive ones. I really enjoyed putting this sign together as the customer who ordered it listed the items that he wanted included and I got to design it as I saw it. The sign was a gift from a genuine friend. Size is about 6 feet wide and cut from 3/16". The cactus bush to the right of the coyote is called "Cholla". Right now the cactus is in bloom with beautiful purple blooms. The tree is a pinion tree. The country is heavy with jack rabbits, so they are proudly displayed on each side of the ranch brand. I have been to the ranch recently and it is a beautiful.
Ranch in South Texas is remodeling their entrance. I was asked to cut the name and quail. I am glad to see quail in the picture as quail are getting hard to find in South Texas. Cut from 3/16" plate, primed and painted.
This is the second insert made for the Chama New Mexico gate. The first insert features an elk bull and two cows. This insert features mule deer buck with doe and two more mule deer bucks. The basic design is copied from a wall hanging that the customer has in his lodge.
The gate that this insert goes on is is a very large gate. Each side will have an insert and critters across the top. This insert is about 41" tall by 91" wide. Cut from 11 gauge (1/8") plate for the weight consideration. Each insert weighs about 50 lbs. Gate will be located on a 6,000 acre ranch in Chama New Mexico.
Order came from Virgina. Couple sent a picture of themselves which became the center piece of the overhead sign. The sign was sent to two pieces to minimize freight. It looks really nice the way it is installed. I hope that dream continues for a long time.
Customer in Wyoming ordered a sign that needed to be 24" by 24". This is hard to see in the photo but it is painted brown and made from 3/16" plate steel with holes drilled in all four corners.
Years fly by. This ranch entrance was prepared for an old friend's son who was very young when I first met him. Grew up and now has a place of his own. This is his design and I was please to make it for him. Cut from 3/16" plate steel. Primed and painted. The three pieces are welded in place with welding tabs to keep the lettering up and off the main pipe. Really looks good to me.
Previous posting showed the barn scene during daylight hours. This picture shows how it "pops" when night lights are mounted. Very nice display.
Barn with scene mounted on outside wall. Cut from 1/8" plate steel, primed and painted black. This scene was mounted so that lights are mounted to highlight each piece. Next posting will show that display.