Bespoke Planters

Let Tinpot Alley accent your surroundings with our quality bespoke stainless steel and metal planters. Whether you’re a designer, business, or individual, we can provide a quality solution that’s just right for your needs. We offer a variety of metals and finishes along with powder coating and custom colour matching. We even offer laser inscriptions of your company logo or slogan for heightened brand awareness.

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Tinpot Alley specialises in the fabrication of custom decorative metal projects for indoor and outdoor spaces. Our clients have included Blackburn Rovers Football Club, John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, Channel 4’s Great Garden Challenge and The Sheraton Hotel at Heathrow. If you would like your next project completed by a reliable and experienced company with a love for the work they do, contact us today and we’ll happily get things started.

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You can quickly scroll through a selection of planters below or take a look at our portfolio which has some larger pictures that you can drag around in your browser. (Hit ctrl-f5 to reload.)

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Tinpot Alley provides bespoke home decorative and architectural sheet metal fabrication services for designers and individuals alike. By all means, take a wander around to see what kind of work we can do. Even if you don’t see something along the lines of what you’re after, it’s well worth getting in touch, as we’re generally able to sort something out.

Beware The Tupperware Wicker Man

You might be wondering why there’s been very little mention of what’s been happening at Butler Sheetmetal and Tinpot Alley as of late.

Whilst you might be right in thinking that an ocean is quite a barrier to internal company communication, it’s had more to do with the fact that I’ve misplaced the lead to my camera and am unable to upload any of the pictures I took before I left. Either that or the dogs have been flossing with it.

In the absence of a photographic crutch I’ll just have to fall back on that other trusty canvas - wordplay.

Last month saw the Trawden Garden Festival take place for however many times it’s taken place, but this year was the first time that my sister and John had taken part. Now Trawden is a funny place owing to it being a village, albeit a rather sizeable one. And, as with all villages, it’s a law unto itself.

The Trawden Garden Festival’s main thrust is a scarecrow competition where all the natives make a scarecrow of some description and plonk it in their front garden for all and sundry to see as they drive through. Ideally your scarecrow should be a character, but so long as your Blue Peter skills are finely honed then you should be OK. Although, this past couple of years, they’ve received grants to run scarecrow building workshops.

Unfortunately, the website for the event hasn’t been updated properly for this year’s competition so I’ll just show you an older picture instead of the type of thing we’re talking about.

Michael Jackson?

Whilst Amanda and John - well Amanada and the kids - built a scarecrow Geronimo for their own display, they also entered the container competition with one of our rusty planters, which, like I mentioned before, I don’t have a picture of.

It managed to romp home in first place smashing all the other entrants to all four corners of the village.

Well two corners of the village seeming there were only three entries to the competition including John’s.

But, as they say, you have to be in it to win it.

Plantpots and Bomb Plots

Stainless steel planter ribbed

Here’s something I’ve managed to resurrect from the Tinpot Alley stainless steel planters archive. (By that I mean that I’ve found an old lead to download pictures off my camera!)

There would’ve been more but some over zealous security chap prevented me from doing so in case I was casing the joint to bomb it. I’m sure after five days of worthless exhibiting I may have felt suitably miffed, but when you’ve had a big sign saying Tinpot Alley and most of your business cards handed out, I doubt if I’d have gotten away with it.

You may recall the collective Butler Sheetmetal Ltd breakdown that took place trying to get organised for that damn Canary Wharf exhibition. Well this picture proves that it was more than worth being plonked in the middle of an underground mall whilst most people stole pebbles, booted the balls and vented their fury at us for the poor state of the ‘garden show’ in general.

Although, we did manage to flog one of the bay trees. It would’ve been two, but the guy would’ve struggled carrying them both on the tube.

John’s become very philosophical about the whole affair and his twitch is hardly noticeable as he mutters ‘You live and learn’, or ‘Just put it down to experience.’

Anyway, the above ribbed stainless steel planter was by far and away the crowd favourite from a planter and plant perspective - until the price was mentioned, of course. (For the record, it’s a John design   )

No wonder we try and stick to bespoke.

Some Rusty Planter Pics

Do you recall how John trounced the competition alive in the Trawden Container Competition but I was unable to show you with what?

Well now I can.

This is the lovely little number that actually romped home in first place - not forgetting that there were only three entrants in the first place.

I never knew John had such a flair for planting.

And here’s a couple of cylindrical rusty planters in his back garden.