Whats happening at Torchcraft....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.