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Double Brew Weathervane

October 11, 2018

We designed this Double Brew Weathervane on a hot summer day, thinking of a refreshing break. We love the way it turned out. It is a swell bodied copper vane. As pictured the beer foam has optional gold gilding, at our customer’s request. With time the copper mugs will darken and the foam will remain … [ Read More ]

Airplane Weathervane – Viking S3B Screwbird

October 11, 2018

This 3D replica Airplane Weathervane – Viking S3B Screwbird, was commissioned as a surprise birthday gift for a retired navy pilot who currently restores vintage cars as one of his avocations. What a great gift! We worked with the wife on getting the exact details correct for the plane he flew in the Navy. It … [ Read More ]

Swimmer Weathervane – Butterflier

September 27, 2018

Our Swimmer Weathervane – Butterflier was first commissioned to be mounted atop the pool house gazebo of a family of avid swimmers. They love swimming so much they chose ALWAYS SWIMMING for their inscription on the copper tubing of the arrow the sculpture is built on. This is a detailed swell-bodied piece. The swimmer is fabricated … [ Read More ]

Mermaid Weathervane Holding Sea Shell

September 27, 2018

Our Mermaid with Seashell Weathervane is new to our catalog. Because of the way the body is arched and the tail turns back this sculpture piece is very very visually effective. For instance, in a large, 3 foot weather vane, you are actually getting an almost 6 foot mermaid! As shown, the copper sculpture piece … [ Read More ]

Robin Weathervane with Arrow

September 20, 2018

This Robin Weathervane with Arrow was custom designed for the new horse barn at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in North Carolina. It is a sweet piece. The elements of the box construction on the arrow, and the soft shapes of the robin are quite charming together. This piece was fabricated in copper by … [ Read More ]

Bass Weathervane -Largemouth with Straight Body

September 20, 2018

Our Largemouth Bass Weathervane with Straight body was first commissioned to be mounted on a new barn being built in a Missouri bass fishing region. The customer chose to have no arrow or fletching or other water elements, and we think it is a very very effective design choice. This vane will read beautifully from … [ Read More ]

Arrow Weathervane with Scrolls

August 23, 2018

This copper Arrow Weathervane with Scrolls gets straight to the point with style and grace. It points the direction of the wind. Arrow weather vanes are very effective on roof tops and they are quite economical. We have a nice variety of existing arrow and fletching designs for you to choose from or personalize, if … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – German Shorthair Pointing

August 9, 2018

We have made this German Shorthaired Pointer Weathervane several times. As can be seen in the pictures above, one of these versions was a portrait of a dog named ‘Ginny’. Ginny’s family sent us very detailed pictures, which is so helpful in getting a dog’s markings correct. These optional gold leaf markings will remain bright … [ Read More ]

Palm Tree Weathervane – Double on Arrow

July 19, 2018

Our customer in Australia wanted this Two Palm Weathervane designed for her new home and to have the home’s name inscribed on the arrow below the palms. Because this piece was being mounted at the seashore we installed our strongest security device to the mounting mechanism as a precautionary measure. The palms in this design … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Triple Labrador Sitting and Lying Portrait

July 19, 2018

This Triple Labrador Dog Weathervane is a portrait piece. It is always sweet for us to work on portraits. The customer sends us pictures of the actual dogs at work and play, and we go from there trying to capture the personality of each. Our skilled artisans worked as a team on this project and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Rearing Bronc/Stallion

July 19, 2018

Our Rearing Bronc Horse Weathervane was commissioned by a Mom as a Christmas gift for her son. Her call came late in the year, too late for us to complete her order. When this happens we send out our gift package in time for the lucky recipient to have something to open on the special … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #17

July 19, 2018

This Decorative Banner #17 weather vane illustrates a design particularly well suited to the addition of a name, numbers or a logo in the banner’s field. This vane is fabricated entirely in copper and will weather beautifully, first darkening into chocolate tones and eventually a patina of lovely greens will develop. Incorporating a logo or … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Transpac #52

July 12, 2018

This customized Transpac #52 Sailboat Weathervane was ordered as a gift for an avid Transpac Racer. In fact, his 25-year racing background allowed him to be inducted in two ‘Old Goat’ associations, which, in case you aren’t quite sure, is very prestigious. Hence the goat logos gilded in gold leaf on the sails. This sculpture … [ Read More ]

Fly Fisherman Weathervane Ver. 2

July 12, 2018

Our Version II Fly Fisherman Weathervane was commissioned as a special anniversary gift. Our customer’s husband loves fly fishing, and they were building a  new home and cupola at the time of their wedding anniversary, so it just made sense to create a special weathervane to celebrate both occasions. Our customer sent us a photo … [ Read More ]

Sunset Logo Weathervane

July 12, 2018

We love this Sunset Logo Weathervane and enjoyed working with our customers to create this specified ‘abstract’ logo of a sunset for them. We thought its silhouette against the skyline was so beautiful that we have included it (with their permission) in our catalog. The arrow tip and fletching here are copper and the representative … [ Read More ]

Sun Face Wall Sculpture (Friendly or Fierce)

July 12, 2018

Our Sun Face Wall Sculpture evolved from our popular Sun and Clouds Weathervane. Some customers wanted us to fabricate just the sun itself, to be hung on a wall in their house or on their patio. We have created versions of this design showing a gentle, beneficent sun face  and a fiery fierce face. We typically … [ Read More ]

Toucan Weathervane

May 17, 2018

Our Toucan Weathervane was ordered by some lovely people who live in snow country, but love the toucan’s of the tropics. We think perching this guy on the globe of the vane was a wonderful idea. Its fun working with customers to make the best weather vane possible and pleasing them with the results. This … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Rearing Stallion, Version 2

May 10, 2018

Our Rearing Stallion Weathervane, V2, is a new and improved version of one of our earliest designs. In Version 1  the front legs were fabricated as separate pieces and soldered onto the body. The mane and tail were hammered from single sheets of metal, silhouette style. The detailing is very simple. As our skills improved … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Stallion Rearing Ver. 1

April 26, 2018

The Rearing Stallion Weathervane was one of our earliest designs and has been through several revisions over the years as our technical skill has improved.  This ancient photo from the pre-digital camera era attests to its early origins. The stallion pictured was crafted in copper, in swell bodied style with an optional gold leaf mane … [ Read More ]

Grasshopper Weathervane

April 12, 2018

This Grasshopper Weathervane was inspired by the world’s most famous Weathervane; the grasshopper that sits atop Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a symbol of prosperity and good luck. The Faneuil Hall Grasshopper weather vane is thought to have been designed and fabricated by Shem Drowne, the metalsmith who taught Paul Revere his trade. … [ Read More ]

Turkey Weathervane – Fan Tailed

April 12, 2018

The Wild Turkey weather vane continues to be a popular design here at West Coast Weather Vanes. There are a number of ways we can build this weathervane for you. It can be done in all copper or in a combination of copper and brass or copper and optional gold leaf. The turkey featured in … [ Read More ]

Tree Weathervane – Cypress

March 9, 2018

Our Lone Cypress Weathervane, Cupressus macrocarpa, has a beautiful and effective shape for viewing from a distance. It is particularly effective when selecting optional gold leaf on the trunks and branches, as pictured here. It is constructed in swell bodied, mirror image style, and has careful texturing of the foliage, trunks, and hillock on which it stands. … [ Read More ]

Tree Weathervane – Redwood

March 9, 2018

Our Coastal Redwood Tree Weathervane was a pleasure to design and construct. We love these trees, and everyone enjoyed the work of capturing their essence in copper and brass to become a family home weather vane. Our customers live deep in a Redwood forest and love these trees for their shade, their stature, and the … [ Read More ]

World Globe with Pencil Weathervane – Exclusive

March 9, 2018

This World Globe with Pencil Weathervane was constructed as an exclusive for the new main offices of a grammar school in Kentucky. It was installed on the cupola of the entry. We think the design has inspiring elements for young minds. Though you cannot order this particular exclusive design we include it here to note … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Brahman

February 1, 2018

This Brahman Cow Weathervane is one of earlier pieces. It is a copper sculpture piece fabricated in mirror image, swell bodied style. At the request of its owner, we inscribed their brand on the cow’s flank. The brand can optionally be created in gold leaf. The Brahman cow depicted in this photo was a very early … [ Read More ]

Sheep Weathervane – Bighorn Standing

January 18, 2018

This Bighorn Sheep Weathervane is a unique West Coast Weather Vanes design. Because we make each of our weathervanes to individual order, our customers specify that their weather vane be made in all copper, in a combination of copper and brass or with optional gold leaf. At the time of order more is specified than … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane Scottish Highland

January 18, 2018

This Scottish Highland Cow Weathervane is a  handsome copper depiction of this ancient breed of cattle originating in Scotland and known for their shaggy coats and long horns. Our customer requested optionally gold leaf gilding on the cow’s horns and the family name in golden letters on the arrow fletching. This same customer also ordered … [ Read More ]

Tree Weathervane – Pine Tree Double

January 16, 2018

This Pine Tree Weathervane was first ordered to mount on the entry to a retirement community in New Hampshire.  The customers gave us permission to offer this lovely classic design in our catalog. It is fabricated of copper in swell bodied, mirror image style. There are a few ways we see that this piece could … [ Read More ]

Tree Weathervane – Willow

January 16, 2018

Our Weeping Willow Weathervane is one of our older designs. It has been used as a logo for a willow themed shopping mall and it has been ordered for a cupola of a house in a willow enhanced region. Our master artisans actually developed new techniques and hammers to create this textured draping tree. It … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Shar Pei

December 21, 2017

This Shar Pei Dog Weathervane was first commissioned as a portrait piece of a dog named Finnegan. Though our master artisans have much experience creating the textures of fur with their specialized hammers and techniques, addressing the issues of creating the deep folds of a Shar Pei in copper repoussé and chasing without tearing the … [ Read More ]

Ladybug Weathervane

December 14, 2017

This whimsical Ladybug Weathervane, Coccinellidae, is a perfect complement to a flower, herb or vegetable garden, potting shed, gazebo or simply a home where gardening is a passion. It is crafted from copper in swell bodied style. For the body you can choose either gold leafed or palladium leafed spots (included in the price). We … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Set of Sail, with Skipper

December 14, 2017

This Set of the Sail Sailboat Weathervane with a young sailor is one of many of our popular line of sailboat vanes. Because we specialize in custom copper vanes, many of our sailboat designs represent actual sailboats. This one, however, was personalized not to represent a particular boat, but was a gift meant to symbolize a young woman’s … [ Read More ]

Airplane Weathervane – Quest Air Venture

December 7, 2017

This Quest Air, Airplane Weathervane was our very first airplane design. You will note that this particular plane does not show the windows as cut outs, which more typical of our later airplane weather vane designs. If you have a Quest Air airplane and are interested in having a weather vane made based on this … [ Read More ]

Crow Weathervane – Cawing

November 17, 2017

Our Crow Cawing Weathervane was first commissioned to top one of two cupolas on a new barn. In wanting to acknowledge the intelligence of the birds that visit their barn, these customers chose this Cawing Crow Weathervane for one cupola and the Owl of Athena Weathervane for the other. Crows have brains that are enormous … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane – Triumph TR6

November 17, 2017

This Triumph TR6 Weathervane is a portrait piece. Every weather we make is essentially custom. No part of the fabrication is begun until we have worked with each customer to get the details and options exactly to their specifications. Here is an example of the communication we had in personalizing this particular design: My car is … [ Read More ]

Owl Weathervane – Athena

November 17, 2017

Our Owl of Athena Weathervane was first commissioned to top one of two cupolas on a new barn. In wanting to acknowledge the intelligence of the birds that visit their barn, these customers chose this classic stylized representation of the Owl of Athena for one cupola and a Cawing Crow Weathervane for the other. Historically the … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #16 (scrolled) – Exclusive

November 9, 2017

Its always a pleasure for us to continue the historical tradition of weather vanes. When the Federated Church of Martha’s Vineyard called us wanting to replicate the six foot banner weathervane on their steeple we were honored and excited. We realized after seeing pictures of the vane and this classic Maine church, constructed in 1828, that to … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Jersey Dairy Cow

November 9, 2017

This Jersey Dairy Cow Weathervane is a variation on our Boy with Jersey Dairy Cow Weathervane. The Jersey featured here is a portrait piece of a customer’s prize dairy cow! We like the look of the pure copper sculpture piece, and know it will look great as the copper weathers to a deep chocolate brown color. … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane -Holstein Dairy Cow

November 9, 2017

This Holstein Dairy Cow Weathervane is a variation on our Boy with Holstein Dairy Cow Weathervane. The Holstein featured here is actually a portrait piece of a customer’s prize dairy cow! We used a combination of copper and optional gold leafing to indicate its distinctive markings. As the copper weathers to a deep chocolate brown color, the … [ Read More ]

Logo Weathervane Monkeypod Fork – Exclusive

November 6, 2017

This Monkeypod Fork Weathervane is the logo of a restaurant in Lahaina, Maui. Beyond being an exclusive design it is also a custom size. We have posted it here to illustrate how a weathervane can be used to enhance a business in a memorable way. Historically, in the late 1600s and early 1700s, when weathervanes crossed … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Gansu

November 6, 2017

This Gansu Flying Horse Weathervane was a delight to design. Our clients were creative and thoughtful to work with. When we design a new sculpture piece for one of our weather vanes there are technical considerations that will impact what is possible. If you look at the closeup of the hoof and bird you will … [ Read More ]

Blue Front Amazon Parrot Weathervane

October 19, 2017

Our Blue Front Amazon Parrot Weathervane was first commissioned to commemorate a beloved parrot friend of our customer. Parrots have long lives and make great bonds. They bring such humor to their families with their imitations and joking around. This copper representation was fabricated in the small size with the intention of being mounted indoors. … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – English Cocker Spaniel, Standing

October 3, 2017

The English Cocker Spaniel, Standing Weathervane that is pictured here was designed as a portrait. Our customer sent us pictures to help us get the conformation correct and they asked us to apply optional gold and palladium leaf to replicate their dog’s markings. This is the kind of personalizing that is our specialty. It is … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Whippet Double

September 14, 2017

This copper Whippet Dog Weathervane was a birthday present for the husband. His wife, Catherine, secretly worked with us on the design by sending us photos of their two dogs, Pilot and Gizmo. We then reworked our existing design to make it a personalized portrait of their two dogs. One of the photos above shows … [ Read More ]

Seagull Weathervane – Landing

September 13, 2017

Our popular Seagull Landing Weathervane has been ordered for beach houses, boat yards, and as a memorial. Most have been given as gifts. This swell bodied copper design is fun in the way we have eliminated the arrow and fletching, having the gull appear to be landing atop a globe. For the vane pictured, our … [ Read More ]

Rooster Weathervane – Phoenix Bantam

September 13, 2017

Our Phoenix Bantam Rooster Weathervane was originally commissioned by a customer who raises Onagadori type long tail chickens. This weathervane was to go atop her ‘Banty Barn’. I had never heard of these birds prior to receiving the commission but have since discovered they are quite fascinating (discovering interesting new subjects is one of the … [ Read More ]

Peacock Garden Sculpture with Fan Tail

September 12, 2017

This Peacock with a Fan Tail garden sculpture piece was a custom order featuring gold leaf details and set in glass ‘eyes’ on each individual extended feather. Very very elegant and dramatic! This piece was amazing to craft. It is a 3D presentation crafted in copper with highly detailed texturing on the body and individual … [ Read More ]

Butterfly Weathervane with Book

September 7, 2017

The design for this Butterfly with Book Weathervane was commissioned by a noted children’s book author and illustrator who was in the process of building a Little Free Library on a corner of her property. The open air library would have a cupola and kid sized seating, and she wanted something magical in her vane’s sculpture … [ Read More ]

Logo Weathervane – Buzzy Hornet – Exclusive

September 7, 2017

This exclusive Buzzy Hornet Logo Weathervane was commissioned by Shenandoah University to top their new dormitory. They chose to keep this piece exclusive in expectation of ordering others for future buildings as they expand. Using a weather vane as a logo has deep historical precedence. When metal weathervanes became possible for the merchant class, they … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Greyhound Racing

September 7, 2017

This popular copper Greyhound Dog Weathervane features glass eyes and distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. Our glass eye selection can accommodate a variety of dog eye colors. If you send us photographs of your special canine, we can personalize this weather vane to become a portrait. You can further individualize your … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Herreshoff 15

August 31, 2017

This Herreshoff 15 Sailboat Weathervane is a popular classic. Our customers for this vane have been homes and businesses. All lovers of this vintage and highly regarded “compromise sloop.” Between 1899 and 1928, ninety-two boats were built to the design. Only the S Boat, with ninety-four examples, and the venerable 12½ with 364 examples, were … [ Read More ]

Lion Weathervane – Roaring

August 10, 2017

We enjoyed designing and crafting this Lion Roaring Weathervane. We really think we captured the King of the Jungle here. For so many the lion has meaning and connection. The lion plays parts in religion, poetry, and shamanistic totems. Just the nobility of this beast sparks creative imagining. In this example the copper sculpture piece … [ Read More ]

Bunnies Leaping Weathervane – Double – Design

August 10, 2017

This Bunnies Leaping Weathervane is a sweet linear design, very suitable to signage. Many of our small animal vanes have been ordered as signs for pre-schools because they are so cute for the kids. The gamboling rabbits here remind us of children at play. For this design the copper rabbits are crafted in swell bodied … [ Read More ]

Banner Logo Decorative #14

August 10, 2017

This Decorative Logo Banner #14 Weathervane was created to match the logo on the gates of the beautiful Oregon retreat, Silvies Valley Ranch. The Silvies logo has been applied to the banner in palladium leaf. We enjoyed working on the design for this Banner, and think it interesting enough that others may want to use it … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Dalmatian Standing

August 10, 2017

This copper Dalmatian Dog Weathervane features glass eyes and distinctive tooling which gives the body realistic dimensions. You are welcome to send photographs of your special canine for a customized weather vane depicting a favorite dog. Glass eyes are available in a variety of dog eye colors. As an option, the use of gold leafing … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Racehorse Single Design Ver. 1

August 10, 2017

We envision this design for our Horse Weathervane – Single Racehorse, Version 1, as capturing the noble steed in the final steps after taking the ribbon! No longer in a full out run, but still in active motion. We modeled this design after the famous racing thoroughbred, Dullahan. But we would be happy, with the help … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Racehorse, Single, Ver. 2

August 10, 2017

This Racehorse Weathervane was designed for a client living on the California Coast. The family are lovers of horses and the art/skill of racing. They wanted a very active pose, and this version of our Racehorse Weather Vane does seem to be on the move. They selected a mix of metals for the swell bodied … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #15 – Fleur de Lis

August 3, 2017

We love this Fleur de Lis Banner Weathervane. It was first commissioned by the city of Normandy, Missouri for mounting on one of their government buildings. For their order they requested ‘Lucky Pennies’ be attached from the year of the city’s incorporation and the current year. They also requested the banner be inscribed with the city … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Rough Coated Collie, Trotting

August 2, 2017

For the Rough Coated Collie Weathervane featured here our customer requested optional gold leafing to match the markings of their dog. Our dogs also have glass eyes in the color of your choice, and our skilled artisans can vary the texture of the dog’s coat depending on whether it is a show dog or a field … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labradoodle Trotting #2

August 2, 2017

Our Trotting Labradoodle Weathervane is a portrait piece. With the help of your photos, it could be personalized to be a portrait of your labradoodle. Our skilled artisans fabricated the sculpture from copper in high detail swell-bodied style. Each of the artists in our studio has made their own personal set of hammers for creating the details and … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Hinckley Sloop

August 2, 2017

The woman who first commissioned this Hinckley Sloop Weathervane was creating the perfect gift for her mate. A lover of sailing, he had purchased an old Hinckley in California, towed it to the East Coast and spent 15 years on the restoration. Sailing in this beauty is a great joy for the family. West Coast … [ Read More ]

West Highland Terrier Weathervane in Play Bow with Cat

August 2, 2017

Originally ordered as a portrait piece, our Highland Terrier Weathervane with Cat, is quite popular. It seems Westies and Cats being cute together is a common sighting! This sculpture piece is fabricated in copper, in swell bodied style. Our artisans take special care with the repoussé texturing on the fur of the individual pets, creating nice … [ Read More ]

Arrow Weathervane – Indian Arrowhead

July 27, 2017

Our classic Indian Arrowhead Weathervane is a simple and effective choice for an economical vane in a large size. We have designed a stylized representation of a flint knapped stone arrowhead, hand tied to the shaft with a large wing feather fletching. This piece is fabricated in copper. The arrowhead is swell bodied, and the … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Antique Trotter, Exclusive

July 27, 2017

This wonderfully stylized Antique Trotter Horse Weathervane is now mounted atop our customer’s tennis pavilion. It is such a smoothe and effective design. And it is so effective in swell bodied copper only, with dark glass eyes. We love the active motion of this sculpture piece! Plus, there will never be another just like it! … [ Read More ]

Honey Bee Weathervane

July 27, 2017

This Honey Bee Weathervane, Apis mellifera, was designed for an entomologist to give as a gift to his insect loving wife. In fact, the entire family had a passion for the insect population here on planet earth. We had fun designing this honeybee, with the help of our client. No amount of looking at pictures can … [ Read More ]

Chinese Dragon Weathervane – Exclusive

July 20, 2017

This Exclusive Chinese Dragon Weathervane was an exciting project for our studio. All of the artists, from designers, to pattern makers, to vane makers, to gilding specialists had fun with this unique challenge. The scale and grandeur were so present, even from the beginnings of cutting the copper sheet, and designing the texturing hammers to … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever Lying Down

July 20, 2017

When you look at this Labrador Retriever Weathervane, Lying Down, imagine it atop a two cupola barn, with a Lab Sitting Weathervane on the second cupola. This project turned out so adorable, as the two dogs, buddies in real life, would spin in the wind to face and chase each other. A great project and … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Double West Highland Terriers in Play Bow

July 20, 2017

Our Double West Highland Terriers in Play Bow Weathervane is quite popular with customers who have known and loved the pleasure of watching the friendships of these playful dogs. In its simplest iteration, as a copper only sculpture piece, fabricated as a mirror image (looks the same from both sides) in swell bodied fashion, with … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Shih Tsu Maltese

July 20, 2017

This Shih Tsu Maltese Weathervane is wonderfully effective and playful. Our clients for this design were creating a portrait of their Abby, and used body position and optional palladium gilding to capture the nature and markings of their canine pal. In this portrayal the dog and squirrels have been crafted in copper in swell-bodied style. … [ Read More ]

Sewing Machine Weathervane – Antique

July 13, 2017

This Antique Sewing Machine Weathervane was commissioned as a surprise Christmas gift. The husband was excited and proud of his wife’s newly opened quilting studio in their refurbished barn and wanted to properly show his admiration and love. It was a grand surprise, and so in keeping with the history of weather vane use. When … [ Read More ]

Plover Weathervane – Double Flying

July 13, 2017

This Plover Weathervane, Charadrius melodus, beautifully captures the lovely sight of Piping Plovers skimming the waves. Whichever of the many plovers you are familiar with in your region, this profile is unmistakable. Constructed as a mirror image, high detail, copper vane, it is fabricated in swell bodied style. The birds have glass eyes and optional gold leaf … [ Read More ]

Children Weathervane-Three Girls with Kite, Portrait

July 13, 2017

Our clients for this Three Girls with Kite Weathervane loved our Children’s Weathervane selections, and the kite flying combinations in particular. For this sculpture piece they hired a photographer to capture their girls in various poses, after consulting with us on what kind of views we would need to design the piece. (To be effective … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Thoroughbred

June 29, 2017

We have made this Thoroughbred Horse Weathervane in all copper as well as copper with optional gold leafed mane and tail, and glass eyes. Because we make each weather vane to order, we can also use gold leaf (or palladium leaf) to personalize your vane to match your horse’s individual markings (for example, a blaze … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Shetland Pony

June 29, 2017

This frisky little Shetland Pony Weather vane was designed for a stable that worked with familiarizing small children with horses. The customer wanted a more whimsical interpretation for their facility. For this version the customer requested optional gold leafing on the mane and the tail, although it could also be fabricated in copper or brass. … [ Read More ]

Wheaten Terrier Weathervane – Standing

June 29, 2017

This copper Wheaten Terrier Dog Weathervane features glass eyes, optional gold leafed patterns and distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. Customers can provide photographs of their special canine pets for a customized weather vane depicting their favorite dog. Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a variety of … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Paso Fino – Exclusive

June 29, 2017

Our high stepping Paso Fino Exclusive Horse Weathervane is popular, and with good reason. These Carribean beauties are amazing to watch and this vane illustrates their beautiful gait. Here the sculpture piece is fabricated in copper, with optional gold gilding on the mane and tail. Our artisans have created personal sets of hammers for replicating … [ Read More ]

Rooster Weathervane – Fierce

June 29, 2017

This Fierce Rooster Weathervane was commissioned by a couple who had found a picture in the Farmer’s Almanac of a cast iron rooster and they asked us to recreate it in copper as a weather vane for their barn. We chose to fabricate this sculpture piece in deep swell-bodied style (not quite 3D) to give … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Peruvian Paso

June 22, 2017

Our high stepping Peruvian Paso Horse Weathervane is popular, and with good reason. These South American beauties are amazing to watch and this vane illustrates their beautiful gait. Here the sculpture piece is fabricated in copper, with optional gold gilding on the mane and tail. Our artisans have created personal sets of hammers for replicating … [ Read More ]

Tooth Fairy Weathervane with Silver Dollar

June 15, 2017

Our Tooth Fairy Weathervane with Silver Dollar was originally commissioned for installation on a children’s dental clinic. What a great idea! This customer, like many, took a while honing in on the design because of the 800 options we have in existence. Lots of choice! We love the way the final result incorporates every aspect … [ Read More ]

Donkey Weathervane – Trotting

June 8, 2017

Our Donkey Weathervane, Trotting, Equus asinus, is one of our very early designs. We love how cute and frisky this little guy is. Fabricated of copper in simple swell-bodied style, with glass eyes, this piece shows how effective a simple. straight forward design can be.  This design is easily personalized to create a portrait of your … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Schnauzer with Squirrels

May 4, 2017

Our Schnauzer in Play Bow Weathervane has always been popular, and we do love it here at West Coast Weather Vanes. The body position is so true to this playful and intelligent breed. As pictured above this copper pup is crafted in swell-bodied style. The squirrels are fabricated in silhouette, meaning they are cut from a … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Gun Dog (Golden Retriever) with Pheasant

April 27, 2017

Our Labrador Retriever with Pheasant was first designed to be mounted on the clubhouse of a residential and recreational resort. We think it is a sweet representation for a lovely environment. The dog in this vane was crafted in copper and the pheasant in brass. They are swell-bodied, and the dog is in an active … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever Running on Beach with Ball

April 27, 2017

Our Labrador Retriever Weathervane, Running on the Beach with Ball, was first commissioned by customers building their home on one of Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches. They sent pictures of their beach and ball loving Lab (has there ever been a Lab that didn’t love either the beach or balls?!) and we used those pictures to create a … [ Read More ]

Cherry Headed Conure Weathervane

April 20, 2017

Our Cherry Headed Conure Weathervane, Psittacara erythrogenys, was first ordered by a California company that specializes in conures. It is fun for us to carry on the long tradition of weather vanes being placed at the businesses they represent. This tradition goes back to times when only the few had the time and opportunity for literacy. … [ Read More ]

King Salmon Weathervane with Humped Back

April 20, 2017

This Hump Backed King Salmon Weathervane was first ordered in extra large for mounting in the Pacific Northwest on a cupola with ocean view. It is fabricated entirely of copper in swell-bodied style and has taxidermy glass fish eyes. Though eyes are selected at the time an order is placed, and you could opt for … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane and Peach

April 20, 2017

This adorable vane design of our Frog and Peach Weathervane was the inspiration of our customers who reside part of the year in Martha’s Vineyard. As they were building their home they realized topping the roof with a hand crafted weather vane would be a perfect complement. After the design was settled on we rushed … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Gypsy Vanner

April 20, 2017

Our Gypsy Vanner Horse Weathervane was first commissioned as a portrait of a favorite mare. We love the activity of the design. It was a bit of a structural challenge figuring out how to fulfill our customer’s vision of having all four feet off the ground, as this beloved horse was so often seen. Our … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever, Running Mouth Open

April 13, 2017

This brass and copper Labrador Retriever Dog Weathervane, Canis familiaris, features glass eyes, and distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. Customers can provide photographs of their special canine pets for a personalized weather vane depicting their favorite dog. Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a variety of … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Shetland Sheepdog, Trotting

April 13, 2017

For the Shetland Sheepdog Weathervane featured here our customer requested optional gold leafing to match the markings of their dog. Our dogs also have glass eyes in the color of your choice, and or skilled artisans can vary the texture of the dog’s coat depending on whether it is a show dog or a field dog. … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Skye Terrier, Standing

April 13, 2017

This copper Skye Terrier Dog Weathervane is a classic example of one of the oldest native British terrier breeds. It is hand crafted in detailed swell-bodied style. Our artists do the careful work of creating fur textures with their set of personally designed hammers. This fur was a challenge that required a new hammer be created! Optional … [ Read More ]

Hummingbird Weathervane – Ruby Throated

April 6, 2017

This Ruby Throated Hummingbird Weathervane is an early design that works beautifully in many situations. It works in a garden bed and it works atop a roof. It also has a slim profile making it a good choice for windy locations. As pictured this Ruby Throated Hummer is fabricated of brass and copper, with special … [ Read More ]

Bobwhite Weathervane – Quail Family

April 6, 2017

This Bobwhite Quail Family Weathervane, (Colinus virginianus) is another one of our popular designs. This quail is the state bird of Georgia, but is adaptable to other quail varieties, if this is the design layout that strikes your fancy. The weathervane showcased here was commissioned by a family of five. They took advantage of the century old weathervane tradition of … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Retriever, Curly Coated, Standing

April 6, 2017

This copper Curly Coated Retriever Dog Weathervane is a favorite. Our artists do the careful work of creating fur textures with their set of personally designed hammers. This curly, close cropped fur was a challenge that required a new hammer be created! The sculpture piece is crafted in swell bodied style and has glass eyes. … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Coonhound – Black and Tan Standing

April 6, 2017

This Black and Tan Coonhound Dog Weathervane is fabricated from copper sheet in swell-bodied style. The classic stance pictured is a portrait of the customer’s dog. We would be happy to work from your photos to adjust this design to your specific vision. Our dogs feature glass eyes with the color chosen when your order is placed. Here, we also … [ Read More ]

Polar Bear Weathervane with Leopard Seal

April 6, 2017

This Polar Bear Weathervane design is created in copper in a highly detailed swell-bodied style. To capture the Polar Bear’s distinctive white fur, we used optional gold leaf on its entire coat as well as the spots on the Leopard Seal’s coat. In addition, the details of the bear’s fur are enhanced with distinct tooling. Glass … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – English Setter Pointing

March 30, 2017

This copper English Setter Pointing Dog Weathervane is crafted in swell bodied style and features distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. The artists in our shop have each created a personal set of hammers for working with detailed textures. The dog’s glass eye color is chosen at the time … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Gordon Setter Pointing

March 30, 2017

This copper Gordon Setter Dog Weathervane with optional gold leafed accents is crafted in swell-bodied style and features distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. The artists in our shop have each created a personal set of hammers for working with detailed textures. By varying each hammer blow, they can … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – English Pointer Standing

March 30, 2017

This copper English Pointer Dog Weathervane features a dog in a classic conformation pose. With the aid of photographs, we can personalize the design to depict the traits of the particular dog.  For example, we can make a deeper chest, longer muzzle, vary the gender, etc. The Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a variety of dog eye colors. … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Jack Russell Terrier with Squirrel

March 30, 2017

This copper and brass Jack Russell Terrier Dog Weathervane was commissioned by a couple whose Jack Russell, appropriately named “Jack”, lived to chase squirrels. When we talked about the design they wanted, they mentioned this personality trait, so we created the design around his passion. Since it was a portrait of Jack, we worked from … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Wire Fox Terrier Jumping with Ball

March 16, 2017

This copper Wire Fox Terrier Dog Weathervane features glass eyes, optional gold leafed markings and distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. This is a portrait weathervane of a beloved pet whose raison d’etre  was playing with his favorite ball. To create a portrait you can provide photographs of your special canine … [ Read More ]

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