We recently completed a memorable weathervane project here at West Coast Weather Vanes. Claudia, our Website and Social Media Coordinator, had a dear friend whose beloved Standard Poodle passed away suddenly. She wanted to do something special for her friend to honor Ruby and create a lasting tribute in her memory.
Claudia provided us with photos of Ruby and I worked with her to create a design that reflected her friendly and energetic personality. Rolando, one of our weathervane makers, really took this project to heart and, as a result, created a truly amazing weathervane. What makes it exceptional is not only his ability to capture her joie de vivre but to do it on a scale that pushes the limits of what is possible in handcrafted weathervane making. If you look at the detail photos of her head, it is only about 1-1/2” in size! The level of detail he was able to achieve working on this scale was unprecedented.
After Claudia presented the completed weathervane to her friend she wrote back and said, “Thank you for the dearest gift you could possibly give me honoring my Ruby. It is meaningful beyond words to express my deep gratitude for the love and attention to detail that went into creating this beautiful piece of art. I love the stories of its process and am grateful to all that participated. She is shining brightly in the morning sunrise as I write.”
Not only did she give Claudia permission to share her note our readers, she also graciously sent us several photos of “Ruby” in her garden. Projects like these are truly gratifying and make it a pleasure to come to work each day.