Whats happening at Torchcraft....
The gate that I built for display out in front of the store, kept having a problem with the color of the saddle for being visable from the interstate highway. First, I painted the saddle red like the lettering and it just didn't contrast with the background. Secondly, I painted the saddle silver to see if I could get a better contrast. Still didn't have the "Pop" that I needed. Well, guess what, YELLOW seems to bring out the look that is well displayed and visible. The saddle and lettering is cut from 1/8" plate to keep the weight down on the gate.
Well, the photographer came forward with a much better picture of his rig. This truck can go anywhere and look good doing it. Torchcraft art welded on the back of his headache rack as well as the custom tailgate. Not only can this guy shoot a camera but he can fabricate too. Again, I am honored that he has chosen to display my art in such a unique way. Thanks Eddie
When this little girl came to Torchcraft, I thought of a lot of things that she can proclaim. When momma aint happy.....ain't nobody happy! Welcome but Behave! Go Away. Howdy seemed to be a good one. You can order this little darling and say whatever you decide. Cut from 3/16" plate and painted for outdoors.
One of my favorite things to do is combine tempering of the steel for colors and adding brass for added color and dimension. I found this design while looking through a magazine many years ago. It was actually hanging on African queen's necklace and made of gold. I guess brass is a poor man's gold but it gives a nice look to the sun's face.
Well, this is brotherly love in true fashion. A fellow in Washington state wanted to give his brother in Memphis, Tennessee a sign for his new farm. The brother favors the image on the sign......a chichen playing a guitar. This may have something to do with the fact that the Tennessee brother is involved in music. The font used is IRON MAIDEN for you that are young enough to recognize that name. It was explained to me. The sign is shown in raw steel prior to painted black.
Over the years, Torchcraft has made many pieces for gates made by other fabricators and Torchcraft makes gates from time to time. I recently made a gate to display in front of my store to show the public that I welcome gates and always ready to place names and art on them. The gate shown here is
a 13 foot gate with a 2" outside frame and 3/4" pickets. Heigth is approximately 72" at the top of the arch and had 60" sides.
Not a brand, but in this case the person's initials are welded onto a Texas plaque. The plaque is tempered and the 1/4" thick initials are welding on to the plaque from the back side, then they are polished to a silver finish. The entire piece is clear coated and a hanger in the back for wall display.
Moore Boys Farm.....This is a sign that was made for a customer in Arkansas. Actually, I recieved an order for a gate and wings from a lady and this
is from a family member. The top picture shows the gate topper in my shop after it was primed. The overhead art was mounted and later I received
the order for the gate and wings. I like this job and the folks were fun to deal with.
Bunn Orthodontics in San Antonio - has an established logo that was designed to simulate teeth with braces. The sun flower was an addon and the peace symbol was added after the flower. Asked me to make it out of metal. The circle of teeth is cut from 3/16" plate, while the flower is brazed with brass. The peace symbol is tempered like the teeth. A coat of automotive clear coat was sprayed over the entire piece. Lettering is tempered and clear coated as well.
I recently made the sign for the luxury chicken coop and I borrowed one of the hen designs to create a key holder. The large horseshoe nails are great for hanging keys, pot holders, ribbons and such. The hen is heated to give the colors and a clear coat is applied. This hen is getting ready to scratch the ground and look for whatever she turns up.
I had the pleasure of hunting on the Kenedy Ranch down at Sarita, Texas for a number of years. The division we hunted is called La Parra, which means the grape vine. The size of La Parra is somewhere around 26,000 acres and it is loaded with game. The recent pieces I just cut and painted for a gate in Giddens, Texas are hanging in my shop and it reminded me of going to the coolers at La Parra and seeing all of the game that had been harvested. This particular gate will sport buck, doe, hog, turkey tom, cactus with quail, ducks and flying doves. I hope the gate owner will send a picture of the finished product.
This order came from a customer who's great great great great grandfather was quite a piece of Texas history. I looked up Jose Antonio Navarro and there is too much to list here. He was a statesman, rancher, politician, revolutionary and merchant. Also, he was one of the original signers of the Texas Declaration of Indepence. If you like Texas history, look up Jose Antonio Navarro and read about this Texas patriot. This brand was his. I like the old brands as they have a style of their own. This is all cut from 3/16" plate and has 1/4" round rod for hangers. Painted flat black and holes for mounting on the wall.
It is a good day when the Cajun girls come through my area. One of them has a husband that works on the Texas coast and they like to make the trip to visit. They bring one husband for changing flats and picking up the meal tickets. It seems that they like Texas Bar B Que. Well, the cajun queen ordered a sign for her husband. I could listen to her accent all day. They are all fun people and I hope they continue to stop by.