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West Coast Weathervanes Literature

September 23, 2013

Gift Arrangements If your weathervane is a gift, we can prepare and send the literature described below as soon as your order is placed. Or, if you prefer, the literature can accompany the completed weathervane. Owner’s Booklet The Art of the Weathervane by Steve Miller Certificate of Authenticity The Owner’s Booklet accompanies each of our weathervanes. It includes interesting information on weathervanes as classic examples of American Folk…

Predicting the Weather Using a Weathervane

September 27, 2013

While a finely crafted weathervane will add beauty to your home, it also has the very practical function of informing you about the weather. Interpreting weather vane messages can be both enjoyable and educational. Wind direction is reported by the direction from which it originates. For example, a northerly wind blows from the north to the south. Weathervanes works by moving to minimize air resistance and are designed to turn and point into…

Coffee Pot Weathervane – with Cups

December 8, 2014

This sweet Coffee Pot Weathervane with Cups was commissioned by the owners of the DipSea Coffee Shop in Mill Valley, California. They had seen others of our weathervanes utilizing the directionals as part of the sculpture piece and asked us to design a ‘fat and happy’ coffeepot with steaming mugs of coffee below. This weathervane is crafted in copper in swell-bodied style, with brass ‘steam’ coming off the coffee in the…

Swordfish Weathervane – Swimming

September 10, 2013

The Swordfish Weather Vane, Xiphias gladius, is one of the fish in our Sport Fish Series. Its remarkable and distinctive profile are immediately identifiable when silhouetted against the skyline. While normally made in copper, this fish can also be made out of nickel-silver or brass, depending on our customer’s metal preference. Most of the fish weathervanes we make here at West Coast Weather Vanes are made for sport anglers or as a gift from…

Cupola Installation Method

September 27, 2013

This is the principal mounting method for most cupola installations. Weather vanes are traditionally located at the peak of the cupola in a prominent location. Most cupolas have internal access (for ventilation or maintenance purposes) and a cross brace as a structural support onto which the spire (vertical installation rod) can be mounted using a cupola flange. Cross Section of Cupola Click image to enlarge Cupola Flange Click To Enlarge The…

Trout Weathervane – Leaping

September 10, 2013

The Leaping Trout Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus mykiss, featured in this image consists of a copper fish and splash rings with brass grasses and a gold leafed bug. Because our vanes are custom made, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. If you are “hooked” on trout, you might be interested in our additional trout and salmon weathervanes and our fishing weathervane designs. Most of the fish weathervanes we make here…

Tennis Weathervane – Tennis Racquet

September 27, 2013

The Tennis Racquet Weather Vane featured here consists of a copper tennis racquet and ball, with an optional brass grip. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. A popular variation is to gild the tennis ball, creating a distinct contrast to the copper strings. Yet another option is to craft the tennis racquet with broken strings, symbolizing a swing so powerful the strings simply…

Tennis Weathervane – Male Tennis Player

September 27, 2013

Our Male Tennis Player Weather Vane is a popular design. Both our male and female tennis players are depicted in the classic serving pose. A memorable way to display our tennis player weathervanes is to place them side by side on a rooftop or on two cupolas. The two weathervanes interact together in the wind creating a memorable visual display. We can even add names and logos on a slightly redesigned arrow fletching to further promote your club…

Surfboard Weathervane – Longboard

September 27, 2013

Our Longboard Surfboard Weather Vane is a popular design for people living near the coast where surf breaks are prevalent. Here in Santa Cruz County, where we live, many world class surfers make their home. In fact, over the years, a number of our weathervane makers have been avid surfers, giving us lots of expertise in this area. This Surfboard Weather Vane can be made with several variations. We can make it all copper or add an optional gold…

Delivery Of Your New Weathervane

September 23, 2013

BASIC INFORMATION Our lead times naturally vary, depending on the orders in our schedule. If you are in construction and want to install the weathervane hardware now, we do stock all standard components and can send them out as soon as your order is placed. Our standard hardware works for about 90% of all installations. If the installation requires custom hardware, we can send it out as soon as it has been fabricated. The weathervane sculpture…

Hummingbird Weathervane – Anna’s

December 4, 2013

The Anna’s Hummingbird Weather Vane, Calypte anna, shown here was crafted in copper and brass, with custom-made translucent, blue glass eyes to give it a more lifelike and animated appearance.. When ordering, customers can also choose to gild their hummingbird with optional gold leaf for a more dramatic effect. If you have questions, we are happy to discuss the stages in the patina process you can expect as different metal combinations…

Bear Weathervane – With Bunny

December 18, 2013

This Bear with Bunny Weathervane was created in copper with brass berry leaves and optional gold leafed bunny. This whimsical weathervane design was commissioned by a couple whose nicknames were ‘Bear’ and ‘Bunny’. They wanted a realistic looking weathervane that was compatible with their personas and had a friendly feel to it. The berries symbolically represent the fact that two very dissimilar creatures can share a common love. It was a bit…

Dog Weathervane – Bulldog Standing

October 11, 2013

The copper Bulldog Weather Vane shown here has custom made brown glass eyes with black pupils and an optional brass collar with the name DERRINGER inscribed on a dog bone shaped tag. We handcraft our weathervanes to order, easily including the details you prefer. Your Bulldog can be depicted as male or female, and the markings of its coat can be delineated with optional gold or palladium leafing. You are very welcome to provide us with…

Dove Weathervane – Flying

July 9, 2015

Our Flying Dove of Peace Weathervane was originally commissioned in 1997. Our customer wanted us to represent the Dove returning to Noah’s Ark with the olive branch to indicate that it had found dry land and their time of trial was coming to an end. This same Dove of Peace Weathervane also appears on our Noah’s Ark Weathervane. We have made a number of these weathervanes in various sizes over the years. A memorable one was made one for a church…

Sun, Moon & Star Weathervane

January 9, 2014

This Sun and Moon with Shooting Star Weather Vane is the result of a collaboration between one of our favorite customers and West Coast Weather Vanes. This customer, who lives in Florida, has ordered a number of weathervanes from us over the years, including a Kingfisher, two Large Mouth Bass, an Alligator Chasing a Fish, and a Box Turtle Weather Vane. It is always a pleasure to hear from her because she always has interesting ideas for a new…

History

September 20, 2013

As long as humans have farmed the land, sailed the seas, and contemplated their place in nature, the wind has played a key role in their speculations. By interpreting the wind’s changing direction our ancestors predicted the coming weather to survive. The earliest documented weather vane is a huge figure of the Greek sea god, Triton, mounted atop the Tower of Winds in Athens, Greece, first century BC. In the 9th century Vikings were carrying…

St George & Dragon Weathervane

October 18, 2013

Our St. George and the Dragon Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a Yugoslavian man as a gift for his brother in Florida. Their family’s patron saint is St. George. At the time, it represented the most ambitious and challenging design we had yet undertaken. Even though it was a large (3-foot) weathervane, the knight on his rearing steed was only about a foot in size. It is far more difficult to craft small sculpture pieces than it is to…

Dog Weathervane – Great Dane Standing

October 11, 2013

This Great Dane Weathervane has a beautiful profile against the skyline. As shown, the dog, in classic conformation pose, has been fabricated entirely of copper with cropped ears. We also offer a version with natural ears. If you’d like, we can add a collar with a tag in the shape of a heart, a circle or a dog bone, and an inscription of your dog’s name.. Many of our Great Dane vanes have been made as portrait weathervanes. On one, working from…

Skier Weathervane Schussing – Downhill Skier

September 27, 2013

This Skier Schussing Weather Vane is our most popular skiing design. Many of our customers display it atop their ski lodges or cabins in mountain settings. Because of its compact layout, it is ideal for high wind environments. As shown in the photo above, the skier’s hat, hair, gloves, and boots are in brass. The skier’s sweater, face, pants, and skis were made in copper. Because we craft each weathervane to order, you can choose the metal…

Fox Weathervane – With Feather

December 19, 2013

This Fox Weather Vane, Trotting with Feather, Vulpes vulpes, was commissioned by a customer of ours in New Jersey. When viewing a potential property on which to build their home and farm they saw a beautiful vixen fox coming trotting out of the grasses in a field carrying a single feather in her mouth. Seeing her was the final factor that convinced them to purchase this particular piece of the land. In her honor, they commissioned this Fox…

Pick up at our studio

March 18, 2015

Some of our customers enjoy coming by our studio for a personal tour to pick up their weathervane and see how it was made. We welcome the opportunity to introduce you to your weathervane maker (if your visit is on a work day), and show you around the studio, answering any questions you have about our process. If you like, we can have your completed weathervane set up for display so you can see how it will appear when installed at its new home….

Cupola Installation Method Without Internal Cross Brace – Large, Extra-Large and Super-Large Installation Rods

March 18, 2015

Cupola Installation Method without Internal Cross Brace – Large (¾” dia.), Extra-Large (1” dia.) and Super-Large (1-¼” dia.) Installation Rods Requires internal cupola access. This installation is much easier with two people.   Cupola install – Larger Sized Spireswithout cross braceClick image to enlarge IMPORTANT: In order to send you the correct length spire (vertical installation rod) and/or spire extension, we need to know…

Elk Weathervane – Bugling

December 19, 2013

Our Bugling Elk Weather Vane, Cervus canadensis, (also known as a Wapiti Weather Vane) is one of our most popular wild animal designs. The stance of a bugling elk is very distinctive against the skyline; instantly recognizable, even from a distance. The call of a bugling elk is unforgettable and one of the most surprisingly distinctive sounds in nature, akin to the howl of the gray wolf. We normally construct our Elk Weather Vane with a copper…

Dog Weathervane – Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

September 3, 2015

This adorable Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Weathervane is a portrait piece. Our customer sent us pictures of their very distinctive PBGV dog for us to work with him in creating the design. We sent them examples of our existing dog weathervanes in show configuration, playbow, and running stance. A trotting pose was chosen for its active depiction of their dog’s personality. The final selections included a collar and tag with inscription…

Cupola Installation Method Without Internal Cross Brace – Medium Sized Installation Rods

March 18, 2015

Cupola Installation Method without Internal Cross Brace – Medium Sized Installation Rods (Vertical Installation Rods) Requires internal cupola access Note: Two people are needed for this installation A medium sized spire (vertical installation rod) is defined as follows: ¾” (~1.9 cm) diameter stainless steel rod with top 10” (~25 cm) reduced to ⅜” (~.95 cm) in diameter. Standard rod lengths are as follows: 40” (~102 cm) 48” (~123 cm) 60”…

Contact Us

September 20, 2013

Basic Contact Information Thank you for your interest in West Coast Weathervanes! Here is our detailed contact information. Please choose the method that works best for you. Basic Inquiries: Name* First Last Email* Phone Location Questions or Comments Phone This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Go > Detailed Quote: Please click here to fill out our detailed quote request form. Telephone: (Pacific Standard Time…

Ordering a Weathervane – the Basics

September 20, 2013

West Coast Weather Vanes constructs all weathervanes to individual order. Because of this, our weathervanes can be personalized and the installation hardware tailored to your specific site. We recommend that you call us directly to place your order and we will walk you through the process. You can also fill out our detailed quote request form. Our toll free number is (800) 762-8736 or call us direct at (831) 425-5505. International callers can…

Basic Drilled Installation Method

September 27, 2013

Please click the links below for information on the basic drilled weathervane installation method. General Information (Printable PDF) Cross-Section View of Roof with Ridge Pole Truss Construction: Overview of Roof, Basic Drilled Method Click image to enlarge Click image to enlarge This illustrates the principal mounting method for most larger sized weathervanes traditionally located at the peak of the roof. Most roofs have a ridgepole as a…

Moby Dick Weathervane

October 18, 2013

This Moby Dick Weather Vane with Captain Ahab consists of a copper Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, with optional gold leaf applied to the splashing waves. Perched on top of Moby Dick is Ahab, with a harpoon in hand and deadly line coiled round his peg leg. We also used optional gold leaf on Ahab’s face, hands and pants to add visual clarity to his person. Because each of our vanes is made to order, the choice of metals can be modified to…

Cupola Installation Method – With Cross Brace

March 18, 2015

Requires internal cupola access Note: Installation is easier with two people. This is the principal mounting method for most cupola applications. The majority of cupolas have a cross brace as a structural support onto which the spire (vertical installation rod) can be mounted using a cupola flange. Cupola FlangeClick To Enlarge The ideal time to install the rod is when the cupola is being installed. If the weathervane is going onto an existing…