23rd May 2016
The design warps the perpendicular pattern of the brickwork into the suggestion of a sphere, with our favourite insect hovering in the middle. The house is called the Orchard and the address is number 1B, so the bee is both a symbol of pollination and fruitfulness and a simple expression of our street number, though I suspect we may need to give couriers additional guidance.
The photos here show the basics steps of making the fanlight: drawing the cartoon, cutting the glass, lining the edges of the glass pieces with copper foil before soldering them into sections, then putting the completed sections together using lead cames. Ford used glass leftover from the staircase window to make the fanlight and I used oak leftover from the staircase treads to make the oak frame it sits behind.