I cut this sign back in July and have been waiting to post the pic since it was a wedding gift. Can't risk ruining the surprise. A customer contacted me about cutting out a silhouette of this couple forming a heart with their hands to be given as a wedding gift. It came out great and I really enjoy doing these unique items for people. This sign was shipped out to San Diego, CA. Click the "Continue Reading" link to see the image the customer first sent me.
Whats happening at Torchcraft....
Seems like just a few days after shipping this overhead ranch sign off to Missouri, I recieved these pics of the install. They certainly wasted no time getting their ranch sign installed. As usual, it is cut from 3/16" plate and braced on the back side for added strength.
A friend who owns a gate and entrance business orderd some art to install on one of their custom gate builds. I frequently get orders like this where someone would like to add some art or lettering to an existing gate or they are having a gate built but need some art or lettering to be added. This piece will be welded in place, then painted.
This piece was ordered to go above the family fireplace. It is a Family Crest for Gallbraith name and says "Stronger When Oppressed".
It was cut from 3/16" new plate steel and will be painted dark bronze.
Click "Continue Reading" link to see picture of this piece mounted above the fireplace.
Stoddard Construction of San Antonio has been rebuilding some of the Freer ISD buildings. They wanted to give the school district this logo as a token of their appreciation for the contract. The circle is 10 gauge steel and 60" in diameter. The Buckaroo is cut from 3/16 plate. Colors are school colors.
The Oaks At Heavenly is a beautiful wedding venue in Helotes, TX. They needed to block a view on their property and requested a metal panel with a reverse Oak tree cut out. The 3 panels that make up the tree measure 7 foot tall by 10 foot wide. They also added a blank panel that forms a 90 degee turn that measures 7 foot tall by 8 foot wide. The panels are finished in a rust colored paint and mounted to 4x4 inch square tubing post. The art features 2 doves "leaving the nest" and symbolizes new "Love Connections". The tree panels will also feature back lighting for a wonderful glow in the evenings. This project turned out beautiful and I'm glad that I got to be a part of it.
A close friend wanted to give her husband a gift for their 50th wedding annivesary. This plaque hangs above their fireplace mantle and displays the four family brands that they have used in the past and present. The plaque is cut from 10 guage (1/8") to keep weight down and painted with a Rustoleum "Hammered" finish.
Vet. clinic in Jacksonville, Florida originally had me make his logo for the outside of the clinic building but recently requested a similar piece be made for the inside. Each piece is welded to the round circle and ground to a shinny finish. Clear coated for protection.
The art that is shown has been sand blasted and painted with a two part paint. The pieces have 3/8" threaded bolts welded to the back side and anchored into the masonry wall. The Texas painted in Texas flag colors is 36" wide. Cut out of 3/16" plate steel. Beautiful South Texas entrance and I am proud to be part of it.
This is about the best story to go with any picture that I have ever posted on this blog. The customer called me and wanted a sign for his ranch in Colorado. It seems that he and his partner were trying to come to a buy out price on the ranch that they co-owned. It was suggested that they have a shoot off using their beloved lever action rifles. The partner that now owns the ranch achieved his lower buy out price with a "Sure Shot". Now that is the Cowboy way to settle an argument
When I was young, a good friend and his dad would always have a shoot off in the back yard to see who had to wash dishes when mom and sister were not home. They always shot until they had a tie.....so the dirty dishes where still there when mom and sis returned. That is the Texas Way!
I had an order from Florida for a marlin to be placed above the outdoor grill. Upon receiving the unpainted fish, the customer found a local artist who ground the metal down to a shinny finish and then airbrushed the detail of the fish. Once the colors were added, several coats of clear coat where applied. The finished product is amazing.
Customer ordered a two door fireplace screen to mount in the opening he has for his fireplace. Doors are made from 1' square tubing with 1"x3/16" flat bar rolled in scrolls. A heavy screen wire is welded on the back side of the doors. The frame was made first and the customer tried the frame in the opening to mark the holes for mounting and verify the size was correct. The top picture is unpainted in my shop and the second is furnished by the customer after he installed it.
This is not a recent creation. I made this cross quite some time ago and noticed the picture the other day so I decided to publish it again. This cross was copied from a photograph of a cross that the Oblates had erected in France in the 1800's. It now overlooks the lake at a new Catholic church in Ausin, Texas.
There is a new ranch owner in Los Angeles, Texas who is having a nice time with her new property. The barn will have the ranch name and other art displayed on the wall. All cut from 1/8" plate and heat tempered. The customer is taking the pieces to have them powder coated with a clear coat. The name and location will be powder coated in black.