Gothic Hanging Basket Bracket


These photos were taken in Prague a couple of years ago. Some fantastic gothic Ironwork! I particularly like the flower design in the top image, and the detail in the door knockers. The Black Fox gothic hanging basket bracket was inspired by some of the metalwork I saw on this trip. The wallplate design is unusual and stands apart from our other hanging basket brackets – I think it’s really beautiful and unique. We would love to offer a range of weathervanes and house signs in this style – something I’ll start working on soon.

Black Fox Swinging Sign

Finally I have painted the text on our Black Fox Sign! We spent ages debating what font to use, couldn’t decide and so left it for a couple of weeks. When I came back to it yesterday, this was clearly the right one. I think it really suits the art nouveau inspired design. It will be on display on our stand at the Tatton Park show this weekend, along with our range of classic car weathervanes and house signs.

Black Fox Weathervanes

This is how we spent our weekend – welding up classic car weathervanes ready for the Tatton Park show. Here’s me enjoying a sunday afternoon bending and twisting scrolls, and above is Phiz about to weld the Morris Minor Traveller weathervane together. This was taken, along with the DB5, Austin Healey 3000 and E Type Jag weathervanes, to be electroplated and powder coated. Can’t wait to get them back later in the week!

Classic Car Weathervanes


Here’s the latest additions to our range of classic car weathervanes ready for going to be electroplated and powder coated first thing tomorrow – Aston Martin DB5, Morris Minor Traveller, E-Type Jag and Austin Healey 3000. These designs are also available as house signs. Really looking forward to the car show at Tatton park next weekend – hoping for better weather than the last one!

Banner Weathervane

Black Fox have been up in Edinburgh this week. I noticed a lot of weathervanes, all in this banner style. They all looked like cast iron and like they had been there for a very long time. Many of them don’t have cardinal points (NSEW).¬†Couldn’t get a decent photo myself as the zoom on my camera isn’t good enough but heres some images i found on the Scottish Ironwork website (edit 2019, no longer online).

This week I am going to work on designs for our own banner weathervane, following this traditional idea but adding elements of our own distinctive style.

Art Deco Style Metalwork



















































Black Fox are keen to expand our range of Art Deco inspired metalwork. Inspired by the classic design of the Morgan car, we began experimenting with this distinctive style. Beginning in Paris in the 1920’s, the Art Deco movement spread worldwide throughout the 1930’s and into the 40’s, influencing all areas of design from graphics to architecture. The geometric elements of this style clearly take inspiration from Cubism and Futurism, while I think also retaining the elegance of Art Nouveau.

It is this combination of elegance with decorative geometric shapes that I think makes Art Deco metalwork so stylish. Here’s a few images that I feel have influenced Black Fox’s range of weathervanes, hanging basket brackets, window boxes and swinging signs. Please check out the Art Deco designs in our online shop.

In particular if you look at the stamp image above, you can see how this classic sun motif inspired us to design and create our Art Deco hanging basket bracket.

Black Fox on the road

Black Fox is currently selling through ‘Not on the High Street’ as well as our own online shop. We are now looking for small independent retailers who may be interested in stocking our metalcraft products, for example florists, garden centres and gift shops. If anyone is interested in arranging a meeting to view a small selection of our weathervanes, house signs and hanging basket brackets in person, please ring 0161 681 4293 or send us an email – We are always happy to hear from you!

We are looking forward to our trip to Edinburgh this week, and hope to be able to make contact with small businesses who share our passion for beautiful metalwork designs!

Art Nouveau House Number Sign

More photos to add to our gallery! These will all be added to a new gallery section of our website in the near future, and put in for our Black Fox online shop voucher competition. Our art nouveau house number sign really compliments the entrance area of this house. I really like the way the top photo shows off the three layers that make up this unique house sign.

Fence Post Mounting Hanging Basket Bracket

We’re also adding this to our gallery this week – our concrete fence post mounting hanging basket bracket. Its an idea we are still working to improve as all concrete fence posts seem to vary in size so much. Any of our hanging basket bracket designs can be adapted to mount onto a concrete fence post.