The best part of this sign job was who I did it for. The man is Fred Vellutini, a World War II veteran who could pass for a 50 year old. As I only talked to him on the phone, I was really surprised to learn his age. He owns property in Northern California and we had a really good conversation during the ordering of the ranch sign. He had to satisfiy all of the members of his family and this is what he came up with. The best part of the conversaion was when he told me that he was out having dinner while wearing his WW II hat. Some man walked by and asked him if that hat belonged to his dad. Fred said "no sir, my dad was in World War I.....he had his own hat!" Too cool. Super nice and I hope he gets to enjoy that ranch for many years to come.
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Cardholder was custom made according to the customer's directioin. State of Texas cut from 1/8" plate steel and tempered finish added. The name is placed on top of the state and welded in place. The card holder is mounted on a large horseshoe. Horseshoe nails are welded on the sides of the card holder to keep the cards in place. The entire piece is clear coated.
Received order from a custom for a ranch sign to be given for a wedding gift. Horseshoes were used for hangers. Sign cut from 3/1`6" plate. Primed and painted black.
Realtor wanted to give their client a gift for the new property that they bought. The couples initals are cut in each star. The entire piece is cut from 3/16" plate. Drilled for wall mounting.
Race car driver who's nickname must be Rhino, wanted a display for his medals. The piece has the rhino on top with three steel rings to hold rods. The medals which have ribbons tied to them, are hung from the rods.
A recent request from a customer who wanted his 5 sons silhouette's cut out for a family sign that he was giving to his wife for her birthday.. The picture supplied by the customer was perfect for silhouettes and turned out very good. Cut from 3/16" plate. Primed with automotive etching primer and top coated with industrial black enamel. Finished product photo was taken in my shop.
Cut from 3/16" plate and top side is ground to a shinny finish. The photo shows the lettering in scattered fashion on a table top, in order to take the photo. The customer will weld pins on the back side for mounting and clear coat the metal to maintain the silver shine.
The owners of the ranch that this sign was made for actually have names that start with T and A, but the running joke is the basis of the art in the sign. This sign is 48" wide. Braced in the back with 1"X3/16" flat iron. Sign was primed with automotive etching primer and top coated with industrial black enamel. Chain links were welded on far left and far right corners. Going to Oregon.
Austin customer ordered address signs cut from 3/16" plate, with lettering and numbers cut in reverse. They will be set in a recessed area of the brick and lighting behind.
I recently posted a picture of the Fair Oaks Ranch sign while it was still in my shop. It is now mounted and has lighting. This is really a nice and shows up very well with the lights.
Customer from Giddins bought art for his ranch gate and recently sent pictures of the gate with all of the art mounted. It really looks good to me. I like all of the game that is represented on that ranch. I really do appreciate it when customers send their photos so I can post to my blog.
The praying cowboy is a very common scene but this scene brings the cowgirl to the cross as well. The two saddle horses and the dog complete the scene. This piece is cut from 3/16" plate steel and welded to an entrance gate.
Longhorn steer head with name across the horns is always a popular sign display for a ranch entrance.
This set up is made to hang whatever but it is enspired by two little real people and cat named LoLo. The little boy is two years old and LoLo is in his sights. The little girl is too new to care. Although they probably have wings, I haven't seen them. LoLo keeps a close eye as a wise cat will do. The horseshoe/ hooks are made from pony shoes.
Ten feet in width by 30" tall is a sign cut for Boerne, Texas country club. It was mounted on a masonry wall and I am waiting for the picture of the finished product. It was mentioned that it might be hung unfinished. The masonry work was done by Lundberg Masonry of Boerne, Texas.
Headed to North Florida for the gate topper to Fantasy Farms. Cut from 3/16 and ribbed on the back side to give it strength.
Had to look it up but Finca is farm or property. This particular sign goes to a coffee plantation in Puerto Rico. It displays "the farm of Pagan". Mountains and prize roosters raised on this farm set the design. To be mounted on the entrance gate and hand carried on an airline to it's destination. Again, the thickness of the metal is 3/16" and will be painted black.
As the dates on the sign indicate, they have achieved their 100 year mark of holding on the family farm. The customer provided an old photo of the tree from back in the day and it also had a horse and buggy in the photo. Although the tree is a direct copy the horse and buggy design was substitued to spread the sign out in width. Apparently the place is referred to as the Family Farm. People are to be commended for keeping the places in the same family. I once talked to a lady who said her grand dad placed the old farm in a corporation so that no hier could sell off any of it. He said that he and his family had worked and suffered way to long for some XXX to sell it and buy a boat!
Another design by the customer. I like to shoot the pictures before the torch is turned off. It may not appeal to you the viewer but it just rewards me that I can cut these signs with a regular hand held torch. Yes, I am rolling around in it like a dog that found a dead coon. They claim that action is a hold over from early animal hunting instinct to mask their odor in order to hunt better but I tend to think the dog just likes to be a little "macho" and show off his new smell. Probably makes up a good story to go along with it the odor.
Metal address numbers are cut out and painted black. In order to make the address visible at night, I have applied a very high grade 3M vinyl of reflective letters over the numbers but in a reduced size. Very visible at night and very important for emergency situations. There were two of these created to place one on either side of the ranch entrance for traffic coming from either direction.
Totally designed by the customer (wife I believe) but it really looks good. Very creative and unique. Nice rance entrance sign design.
This order from from a family member who requested the name sign to give to a good friend that guided his mule deer hunt in Utah this year. Cut from the normal 3/16" plate and holes drilled for mounting to the house. Generally, it is suggested that some stainless steel washers are used to maintain a gap between the sign and the wall to avoid moisture from gathering between the two surfaces. Stainless screws are recommended as well.
This refreshing sign is about 40" wide and just looks right for a farm sign. What is a farm without chickens?
Farm sign that displays a nice 12 point buck, an old John Deere tractor with cow and calf pair. Holes drilled for mounting and cut from 3/16" plate steel.
Here is an old fashion type sign that was mounted over and by the door to an office. I remember the signs that hung under the sidewalk awnings and as kids we would always jump up and slap the signs as we walk down the side walk in from of the stores. Hopefully, this one will hold up to that.
The Circle B Ranch sign that is hanging in the shop area is a custom sign for a California customer who said his family was a five horse family. Sign is cut from the typical 3/16" plate and painted black with the Rustoleum black hammered finish paint.
Hog hunting has long been a South Texas sport whereby dogs are used to hunt, bay and catch wild hogs. Can be a very rough sport as the hogs have sharp teeth and dogs do fall victim to the charge of the hog from time to time. Most hog hunters are fair hands at stiching up cuts and some require vets for the job. Good hog dogs are valued and well maintained. Each dog may have a specialty job during the hunt but it is a team effort which includes the hunters. Most land owners are very happy to have the hogs removed as they cause a lot of damage to crops and land.
Although it is not common for local cowboys to rope hogs/pigs, it has been done. The problem occurs after you make the catch. Now what to do with him? This piece was created for the La Salle county fair and hog cookoff as an auction piece. Withs a full belly of wild hog and a few cold beers, the piece may bring a fair amount. Cut from the normal 3/16" plate and painted black.
I am guessing that this is the 23rd year that Torchcraft has created the trophies for the hog cookoff in Cotulla, Texas. There are some others but not included in this picture. Each hog is set on a Texas base and a brass plaque will be added to each one representing the award given. Some of the steady winners must have a collections of these by now but we keep making them each year.
Coastal guide, Capt. Paul has his name cut into the body of the fish. Cut from 3/16" plate and tempered for various colors. Fish is clear coated and made to be displayed indoors.