Durham Hanging Sign

“TO WATCH THE CORN GROW, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.” John Ruskin

The iconic image of a farmer working with horse and plough is an oft-repeated theme, whether it is the name of a pub, a classical painting or the subject of poetry. There is something about the working together of man and animal – and often it has been oxen or mules instead of horses – that appeals to us and brings to mind simpler and quieter times, before tractors and large equipment started to take over, as it has in ‘developed’ countries.

The basic plough has remained in use for at least a millennium, and is still going strong in many countries. It was around 1730 when the plough’s wooden mouldboard was first covered with iron. Soon after this, Robert Ransome, an iron founder in England started casting ploughshares. One day, as the result of a mistake in his foundry, a piece of molten metal came into contact with cold metal when a mould broke. He discovered that this caused the metal surface to become extremely hard, and this soon led to what he called ‘self sharpening’ ploughs. Over the years, many other improved the design, with John Deere himself introducing the first steel plough in 1837 in the US.

This handcrafted property sign hangs in Nalangil, Victoria. The dimensional horse and plough artwork was sculpted and painted by hand, with great attention to detail. The main text was hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold.

Carved & Gilded / Painted
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
26 " x 15 "