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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 ]

Dog Weathervane – Irish Wolfhound on Hillside

February 23, 2017

Our Irish Wolfhound Standing on a Hill Weathervane is a current adaptation to our original Irish Wolfhound Standing Weathervane. In this version our customer requested optional gold leaf on the dogs fur, and palladium leaf on the color with inscribed tag. The entire piece was first fabricated by hand from copper, in swell bodied style. … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – German Shepherd, Pointing

February 23, 2017

Our German Shepherd Weathervane, Pointing, and German Shepherd Pointing with Mailbox & Squirrel are early designs. The low resolution quality of these old pictures definitely illustrates how far digital photography has advanced since our early days! Still, the sweetness of this dog in its active stance is revealed. Both vanes are fabricated from copper in detailed, swell-bodied style. The … [ Read More ]

Crow Weathervane-Pair of Crows in Animation Style – Exclusive

December 15, 2016

Our Crow Weathervane – Double Animated is the epitome of what is a custom order. Our customer for this weather vane is the designer and cartoonist Michael H Quint*. Michael was absolutely clear, and faithful to his artistic vision, when commissioning this lovely, whimsical vane. All of our weather vanes are made to order, and … [ Read More ]

Cockatoo Weathervane – Sulpher-Crested

November 19, 2016

This Sulfur Crested Cockatoo Weathervane, Cacatuidae, was made for a customer to put in his living room next to his pet Sulfur Crested Cockatoo. The sculpture piece itself is crafted in copper and optional gold leaf was chosen to create a bright contrast on the cockatoo’s beak, legs, and crest. The glass eyes chosen for the cockatoo pictured are black, … [ Read More ]

Mother Lode Sphere Weathervane – Exclusive

November 17, 2016

This Mother Lode Sphere Weathervane was designed and named under the direction of our customer. She knew exactly what kind of presence she wanted her vane to have when mounted on the roof. The arrow and fletching on this vane are #4 on our page of classic options, with the addition of optional gilding. Gilding is an … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #2

September 29, 2016

The Art Deco Weathervane showcased here was designed as a matched pair by an architect whose work is informed by Art Deco* and the Arts and Crafts movement. It captures the signature use of geometric forms and conveys a nice sense of energy. This is one of my favorite designs and we have one in … [ Read More ]

Pigeon Weathervane – Racing

September 22, 2016

This Racing Pigeon Weathervane was made for a customer passionate with this hobby. He ordered his vane in a small (~one-foot sculpture piece) to mount on top of his pigeon cote. It was a perfect scale. Also, as pictured above, optional gold leaf was requested to match the white markings on his pigeon. This weathervane can also be made … [ Read More ]

Sand Crane Weathervane – Double

September 1, 2016

This Double Sand Crane Weathervane is a great example of how just the smallest of touches can communicate so much. These birds are fabricated from copper in swell-bodied style. The marsh grasses are brass in single sheet silhouette. The Sandhill Crane’s distinctive red markings have been created with enamel metal paint over fine feather textured copper. Very … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Dachshund Triple #1

August 25, 2016

Our Triple Dachshund Dog Weathervane is crafted from copper sheet in the swell bodied style with glass eyes and distinctive tooling that conveys the fur and gives the dogs a more realistic appearance. The “Doxies” pictured here are a portrait piece. We worked from photos and with our customers to capture the essence of their sweet ‘pack’. During the course of … [ Read More ]

Coat of Arms Wall Hanging Exclusive

August 23, 2016

This Coat of Arms wall hanging accents the origins of weather vanes in the world. Almost immediately after devices were created to indicate wind direction, they became an artistic device to indicate family, trade, and status. For this beautiful Coat of Arms, the wind catching aspect has been dropped, with the family crest transformed into a wall hanging. … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Bucking Bronco

August 19, 2016

This Bucking Bronco Weathervane is a favorite around here. We love the active energy of it and the way it works with the principles of wind catching in such an irreverent and foot kicking fashion! It was originally commissioned to go on a barn cupola in the Rockies by customers who actually see wild mustangs … [ Read More ]

Surfing Weathervane Surfer – Portrait of Skye

August 19, 2016

This Surfer Weathervane was originally commissioned by a well known East Coast developer. It is directly across the street from a premier Rhode Island surfing location. It was crafted in copper in mirror image style, meaning it appears as though the surfer is facing you when viewed from either side. Mirror Imaging is often employed when … [ Read More ]

Fox Weathervane – Trotting

August 19, 2016

This Trotting Fox Weathervane is quite popular. Pictured above are three versions of this sweet, wild animal vane. Each has a slight variation requested by the customer at the time of placing the order and getting on our production calendar. All three are fabricated from copper in swell bodied style. Two have optional gilding in palladium … [ Read More ]

Fox Weathervane Sitting

August 19, 2016

The Sitting Fox Weathervane is another variation on our popular fox weather vane designs. For the commission pictured our customer requested we apply optional gold leaf to the inner ears, lower face, chest and tail tip of the fox. We also applied optional palladium leaf to the nose, ears and legs. Brown taxidermy glass eyes with black pupils give … [ Read More ]

Polar Bear Weathervane – Standing on Ice

August 19, 2016

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. In addition, the details of the bear’s fur are enhanced with distinct tooling. Glass eyes give the polar bear a realistic look, especially when they glint in the … [ Read More ]

Corvair Weathervane – Silhouette

August 19, 2016

This Silhouette Corvair Weathervane was commissioned by a Mom for her son’s Christmas present. This classic car had become her son’s favorite transportation and hobby. She had us put ‘Lucky Pennies’ on the hubcaps for the year of his birth and the year of the gift. Silhouette weather vanes have a long history, and are an economical … [ Read More ]

Poseidon Weathervane – Neptune

August 19, 2016

Our Poseidon Weathervane was created for a customer who resides on the Jersey Shores right across from the ocean. We depicted Poseidon, or Neptune, racing across the waves with his Seahorse borne chariot, his arm held high holding the famous trident in his grasp. We’ve added optional gold and palladium leaf to the accent the … [ Read More ]

Goddess Weathervane with Moon and Stars

August 19, 2016

Our Goddess Weather Vane with Moon Stars can be made using copper, brass, or optional gold or palladium leaf to add accents to the sculpture piece. For the Goddess pictured, the glass eyes are green, and the body, stars and moon have been gold leafed. It is a very effective look. This gilding will remain bright … [ Read More ]

Cherub Weathervane with Dove (Design)

August 19, 2016

This Cherub Weathervane with Dove design is one of two we worked up for a customer, the other being a cherub with stars. In the end this customer ordered the Cherub Weathervane with Stars because they have four members in their family and they wanted one star on each of the directionals. But we love … [ Read More ]

Bunny Weathervane – Whimsical

August 19, 2016

This precious Flying Bunny Weathervane is reminiscent of many beautiful illustrations in children’s literature. With her sweet robes, basket of flowers, and ears flying backwards with the force of velocity, she makes a happy wind sculpture on the roof, in the garden or on a fence. This vane is fabricated from copper and brass in swell … [ Read More ]

Skiing Weathervane Skier Female

August 19, 2016

Our Female Skier Weathervane is a multi-metal fabrication in swell bodied style. The skier’s hair, gloves and boots are copper. The face, ski suit and poles are brass. This vane was first commissioned as a wall sculpture piece for a chalet in Colorado. Our Male Skier Weathervane was commissioned at the same time to accompany it on the … [ Read More ]

Skiing Weathervane Skier Male

August 19, 2016

Our Male Skier Weathervane was originally commissioned as a wall sculpture piece for a chalet in Colorado. The Female Skier Weathervane was also commissioned at the same time to accompany it on the same wall. Since then we have made both designs as actual weather vanes. The customers who commissioned the wall sculptures from us … [ Read More ]

Chimney Sweep Weathervane

August 19, 2016

This copper Chimney Sweep Weather Vane is an iconic image of an important trade. It Is fabricated from copper and features glass eyes and brass accents. Our artisans did a remarkable job on this piece, successfully creating the many textures of cloth and brick and hair. As pictured our customer requested optional gold leafing be … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Jumping with Female Rider

August 19, 2016

This Jumping Horse Weathervane with Female Rider has a wonderful sense of motion and lift. From a distance it really does appear to be entirely off the ground. The copper sculpture piece has been fabricated in highly detailed swell-bodied style by our talented artisans. The horse has taxidermy glass eyes. One customer chose ‘Lucky Pennies’ for inclusion … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane Dressage Piaffe

August 19, 2016

This Piaffe Horse, Dressage Weathervane was created as a portrait weather vane. As pictured above it is a copper sculpture piece. Though there are elements that can be emphasized with gilding this design holds its own in the one metal, and will weather beautifully over time. Depending upon the climate it resides in, it will … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Bucking Bronco with Cowgirl

August 19, 2016

The original Horse Weathervane – Bucking Bronco with Cowgirl Rider was commissioned for a fiftieth birthday present portrait piece for the rider shown above and was installed on her new barn. This piece is crafted in high detail swell-bodied style from copper and brass, with optional gold leaf details on the face and hands. The … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane Dachshund – Wire Haired Standing

August 19, 2016

This copper Wire Haired Dachshund Dog Weathervane features brown  glass eyes  with black pupils and distinctive tooling to give the dog a more lifelike appearance. We often personalize our designs by adding a collar and tag with your dog’s name on it, to indicate gender, and even match markings!. We match markings with the use … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Dachshund, Short Haired Standing

August 19, 2016

This copper Short Haired Dachshund Dog Weathervane features glass eyes and distinctive tooling, giving the body realistic dimensions. With the aid of photographs we can personalize this vane to depict a specific dog. Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a variety of dog eye colors. As an option, the use of gold leafing can accentuate any distinct … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Dachshund – Long Hair Running

August 19, 2016

This copper Long Haired Dachshund Dog Weathervane is constructed in swell bodied style with glass eyes and distinctive tooling that gives the body realistic dimensions. The “Doxie” pictured here is a portrait piece. We worked from photos and with the client to capture the essence of their pet. Glass eye color is selected when the vane is ordered. As an … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane Belgian Sheepdog Trotting

August 19, 2016

This copper Belgian Sheepdog Weathervane is fabricated in detail, swell bodied style. Our stellar artisans have made personal, specialty hammers to create the distinctive tooling which gives the fur a realistic texture on the body. We personalized this weather vane for our customers to create a portrait of their special canine. We worked from a variety of photos they … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Beagle in Play Bow with Bunny

August 19, 2016

This copper and brass Beagle Dog Weathervane in Play Bow with Bunny is a portrait piece (of the dog!) with glass eyes and brass and copper patterns that mimic the spots on the customer’s Beagle. With the aid of photographs we will happily create a personalized weather vane depicting a favorite dog. Glass eye color can be selected to accommodate a … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Afghan Standing

August 19, 2016

This all copper Afghan Dog Weathervane was constructed in swell bodied style from copper sheet. Our artisans created distinctive tooling to give the fur a realistic texture on the body. It is also a portrait piece. Our customer sent us pictures of their dog to get the confirmation correct. Because every weather vane we make is essentially … [ Read More ]

Peregrine Falcon Weathervane – Stoop

August 19, 2016

This Peregrine Falcon Weathervane in Stoop is a classic visual through most of the world. Did you know that a stooping falcon can reach the speed of 200 miles per hour? That is fast! This weather vane was originally commissioned by a hawking club in North America. The sculpture is fabricated in high detail swell bodied style … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – #7 – Simple Flag

August 19, 2016

Our Decorative Banner #7 is a good choice for adding a logo, as is our Decorative Banner #1. We can apply images, logos, or text in the field using optional gold leafing. You can send us your corporate or team logo, your family crest, or any image that appeals to you and we can personalize you weather vane with … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #3

August 19, 2016

Decorative Banner #3 is a simplified version of Decorative Banner #2. Instead of cutouts the banner is crafted from a solid sheet of metal, with the same choices of copper, brass, or nickel silver. By eliminating the cutouts we are able to make this weather vane as a less expensive alternative. Optional gold or palladium leaf … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Portuguese Water Dog Standing

August 16, 2016

The Portuguese Water Dog Weathervane (Standing version) featured here is depicted with a Retriever Clip hair cut, matching that of the customer’s dog. This Portie can also be made with a Lion Clip style hair cut, if you prefer. Call for pricing. Our skilled artisans fabricated the sculpture from copper in high detail swell-bodied style. Each … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador on Shotgun

August 16, 2016

Our Labrador on Shotgun Weathervane is popular with hunters, gun collectors, and dog lovers alike. It was first commissioned as a tribute to a beloved canine friend, and hunting companion. The family was building a new home that would have a cupola perfectly located for a weather vane. The pictures seen here show the dog with optional … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever – Chocolate

August 9, 2016

Our Chocolate Labrador Retriever Weathervane has been a portrait piece each time it was ordered. With the help of your photos, it could be personalized to be a portrait of your labrador retriever. Our skilled artisans fabricate the sculpture from copper in high detail swell-bodied style. Each of the artists in our studio has made their own personal set of … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labradoodle Trotting #1

August 9, 2016

Our Trotting Labradoodle Weathervane was originally commissioned as a house warming gift. It is a portrait piece and, with the help of your photos, 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 … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Welsh Pembroke Corgi Sitting

August 9, 2016

This sweet Sitting Pembroke Corgi Weathervane was ordered as a surprise anniversary gift. It is a portrait piece and, with the help of your photos, could be personalized to be a portrait of your canine friend. Our skilled artisans fabricated the sculpture from copper in high detail swell-bodied style. Each of the artists in our studio has made … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Gaff Rigged Ketch

August 4, 2016

West Coast Weather Vanes specializes in custom copper weathervanes and many of our sailboat weathervane designs begin as commissions from boat owners passionate about their crafts. Included in the price is the name of the boat in gold leafed on the hull. As the copper darkens over time, the gold leafed lettering will stand out in … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – French Bulldog with Pug

August 4, 2016

Our French Bulldog with Pug Weathervane was designed from a photo of these two buddies in a frequent pose. We are a bunch of dog lovers here at West Coast Weather Vanes, and the awww factor was high while this delightful sculpture was taking shape. It is crafted in copper, in very high detail swell … [ Read More ]

Arrow Weathervane with Leaf

July 20, 2016

This Arrow with Leaf Weathervane was ordered to top a copper roofed cupola on the garage and carriage house of a 200 year old farm. The falling oak leaf and upper rod are brass, as are the directionals. The arrow and fletching are copper, as are the spire top and the globes. As this traditional piece patinas … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Sign – Decorative #9

July 20, 2016

Our sign Banner Weathervanes are very effective visual pieces. We make these Full Sign Banners with names and/or logos, decorative trim, etc. in gold or palladium on both sides of the copper vane. Pricing for these details depends on the complexity of the lettering and/or logos. A decorative element on top, such as a letter, symbol … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Sign – Decorative #19

July 20, 2016

Our sign Banner Weathervanes are very effective visual pieces. We make these Half Sign Banners with names and/or logos, decorative trim, etc. in gold or palladium on both sides of the copper vane. Pricing for these details depends on the complexity of the lettering and/or logos. A decorative element on top, such as a letter, symbol or … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Cross

July 20, 2016

Banner Weathervanes are very effective visual pieces. To this Cross Banner Weathervane, we have added an interesting optional decorative element to the upright rod holding the vane. Both the vane and the optional decorative flourish take to a variety of metals, and brighten with optional gilding. These types of decorative elements, added to the main … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Club

July 20, 2016

Banner Weathervanes are very effective visual pieces. To this Club Banner Weathervane, we have added two interesting optional decorative elements to the upright rod holding the vane. Both the vane and the optional decorative flourishes take to a variety of metals, and brighten with optional gilding. These types of decorative elements, added to the main sculpture … [ Read More ]

Native American Weathervane – Blackfoot Woman

July 14, 2016

Our Blackfoot Woman Weathervane was commissioned by a woman with an enormous sympathy for the Blackfeet first nations people. Through her adult life she has worked with the Blackfeet on their Montana Reservation, and assisted them in projects to preserve their ways and protect their sovereignty. The attachment is so strong and mutual they have given her … [ Read More ]

Claddagh Weathervane

July 14, 2016

Our Claddagh Weathervane is a stylized representation of the Claddagh, which were finger rings where the band becomes hands clutching a crowned heart.  Claddagh first became popularized in Ireland in the 17th Century and today are often selected as rings of courtship and betrothal. In the Claddagh design the heart represents love, the hands are of friendship, and the crown is loyalty. It is a sweet design … [ Read More ]

Water Sculpture – Water Lilies and Cattails

July 14, 2016

This Water Sculpture was commissioned for placing in a small entry pond that does not have enough depth for living plants. It was designed to rest on the floor of the pond, with cattails shooting up (Typhaceae) and blooming water lilies (Nymphaeaceae) appearing to be spreading on the water. It is quite stunning in place as can be seen in the … [ Read More ]

Bat Weathervane – on Arrow

July 7, 2016

This Bat on Arrow Weathervane was conceived to be classic and a little Gothic in design. The detail of the arrow tip selected for the example pictured here adds atmosphere to that design intention. We have numerous options of arrow and fletching designs for you to choose between to create a particular style statement. As seen … [ Read More ]

Man with Books Wall Sculpture

July 7, 2016

Our Man With Books Wall Sculpture was inspired by a sign our customer saw while traveling in Europe. Though this sculpture piece is quite different, the concept of mounting a sculpture on the street, above the front door, that embodies one’s passion resonated deeply and our customer knew he wanted to do this when the stones … [ Read More ]

Hawk Weathervane – Northern Harrier Hawk

July 7, 2016

Our Northern Harrier Hawk Weathervane (Circus cyaneus) is a favorite with bird watchers, appreciating the way it captures the classic configuration when alighting. Because the artists working with us are so skilled this sculpture piece has precision in its scaling and wonderful detail in the copper repoussé. Each artisan develops their personal set of specialty hammers for creating the effects … [ Read More ]

Sheep Weathervane – Merino

July 7, 2016

This Merino Sheep Weathervane is fabricated of copper in high detail, swell-bodied style. The glass eyes are brown glass with pupils. There are many options and variations possible with this design. You could add horns, gild for markings and create a portrait, or personalize from photos. One of our customers just sent us pictures of … [ Read More ]

Three Daughters Weathervane

July 7, 2016

Our Three Daughters Weathervane was commissioned by a proud father to capture his daughters at a particular moment in their young lives. This weathervane is highly unusual in that it is a portrait of three unique individuals, each with their own personality, captured as a moving sculpture piece. Because it is crafted in copper and … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane with Bluebird

June 30, 2016

Our bird watching Frog Weathervane with Blue Bird was commissioned by the Wilson Botanical Gardens of North Carolina, to be installed as a part of their newly completed Children’s Secret Garden. It was fun working with them to create this frivolous and lovely piece of a frog standing on a classic ‘toad stool’ (amanita muscaria), holding his binoculars … [ Read More ]

Star Finial – Moravian Star

June 30, 2016

This beautiful Moravian Star Weathervane was first commissioned in Nickle Silver, to be mounted on a third story cupola of a New England Victorian home that was under renovation. The customer also chose to gild their star in optional palladium leaf. The palladium gilding will remain bright for many decades, and as it begins to … [ Read More ]

Surfer Weathervane – Hang Ten!

June 30, 2016

This Hang Ten Surfer Weathervane with Porpoise was commissioned by a wife as a portrait piece to be given to him for their anniversary. Many surfers tell delighted stories of sharing a wave with a natural inhabitant of the waters, often a fun loving and sociable porpoise. The design challenge of creating a sturdy vane while … [ Read More ]

Morse Code Weathervane

June 30, 2016

Our Morse Code Weathervane was originally commissioned as a gift by the wife of a ‘Ham’ operator. Ham, as a nickname for amateur radio operators, originated in a pejorative usage (like ‘ham actor’) by operators in commercial and professional radio communities. But amateur radio operators took no offense and adopted the term, knowing how important a network of … [ Read More ]

Mortar and Pestle Weathervane

June 23, 2016

Our Mortar and Pestle Weathervane was first commissioned as one of a pair for a professional couple, she a pharmacist and he an oral surgeon. There home has two cupolas so they also commissioned a Tooth and Forceps Weathervane for balance. The pair are pictured above. Because they ordered the two weathervanes simultaneously, they received a … [ Read More ]

Woman Weathervane with Birds

June 23, 2016

This Woman with Birds Weathervane was originally commissioned to top the garage on an Indiana lakeside summer retreat. The customers took advantage of our 10% discount* on multiple orders made simultaneously and also ordered a personalized portrait version of our Water Skiing Woman Weathervane to top their separate guest house. Keeping to the human figure … [ Read More ]

Logo Weathervane Outside the Box – Exclusive

June 17, 2016

This Outside the Box Logo Weathervane is a great example of using a weather vane to advertise and locate a business. Historically, as weathervanes became prominent, beyond aristocratic coats of arms, one of the first ‘commoner’ uses was as business signage. They were a very efficient way of directing customers to a storefront and illustrating … [ Read More ]

Moon and Sword Weathervane

June 16, 2016

This Moon and Sword Weathervane was a special commission made in honor of someone who loved of all that is noble and honorable in the world. Meant to symbolize King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, and the haunting beauty of that idealized world, working out the details of the design with the … [ Read More ]

Balalaika Weathervane

June 16, 2016

This Balalaika Weathervane was commissioned as a 70th birthday present by the wife of a Russian balalaika musician and luthier. What a delight that was to create. She requested we incorporate the classic logo of the double headed eagle, a symbol common to Russia and representative to many of justice and a just society. Her husband used … [ Read More ]

Pump Weathervane

June 16, 2016

This Pump Weathervane was commissioned to mount on the cupola of a golf course well house that was being rebuilt after its total destruction in Hurricane Sandy, 2012. It is a custom size to scale properly to the building while keeping it as weather safe as possible in a very high wind area. You can see … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Bearded Collie Standing

June 9, 2016

This copper Bearded Collie Dog Weathervane is a portrait, commemorating a beloved dog friend. Our customers sent us excellent pictures to work from, to attain a nuanced representation of their dog. It is constructed of brass and copper with skilled texturing to mimic the spots on this particular collie. We have personalized from customer photos many of our dog weathervanes. They … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Redwood

June 9, 2016

Banner Weathervanes are very popular. The Redwood Banner weather vane above was commissioned by a couple who wanted to acknowledge the amazing natural beauty of their native California. The custom design features a cut out image of a redwood branch with cone centered in the copper banner. It also has our California Quail sculpture piece sitting … [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Weathervane – Velociraptor

June 9, 2016

We had wanted to design and construct a Velociraptor Weathervane forever, and were just as pleased as can be when this order came in. The family who commissioned this piece were intending it to be mounted on a deck post, tricking the eye as it moves through the forest backdrop. The pictures illustrate that size … [ Read More ]

Trout Weathervane – Brook

June 9, 2016

Our Brook Trout Weathervane, Salvelinus fontinalis, was first commissioned by a Connecticut family living in the natural habitat of this eastern native, in close proximity to the clear, cold streams and ponds they require. They were in the process of restoring a historic barn and, as a part of that restoration, wished to top it with a weather vane … [ Read More ]

Crow Weathervane with Earring

May 19, 2016

Our Crow Weathervane with Earring was first commissioned by a fun loving couple residing in the California wine country. The design is a bit of a story of their lives. The grape leaves are there because they grow grapes, and in the California agricultural lands crows are endemic. That this crow is holding a chandelier … [ Read More ]

Carrot Weathervane

May 19, 2016

Our Carrot Weathervane was commissioned by a leading carrot grower of California. 80% of the nation’s carrots are grown in California and this farm, on an average day, processes 2.5 miles of trucks carrying 10 million pounds of carrots! Not too surprising their choice for a large weathervane on the corporate office was this healthy carrot! It is fabricated … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Star

May 19, 2016

Banner Weathervanes are very effective visual pieces. This Star and Banner Weathervane is especially nice. It takes to a variety of metals, and brightens with optional gilding. It could also have a company logo or family name gilded onto the streamers, making a bright statement against the copper of the sculpture piece. In the version … [ Read More ]

Mariner Weathervane

May 12, 2016

This simple swell-bodied Mariner Weathervane was commissioned as a Christmas gift for a woman living on a large lake in Tennessee. We heard she was thrilled when she first saw it. It was exactly what she had told people she envisioned atop her boat house. This is an all copper piece in swell bodied style. The copper … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Belgian Malinois, Trotting

May 12, 2016

This Trotting Belgian Malinois Weathervane is a portrait piece, as you can see from the pictures above. Because this lovely breed was developed entirely as a working dog, its physical characteristics can vary widely, from fur length and markings, to even some variation in size. Working from photos of a particular dog is the only sure … [ Read More ]

Raccoon Weathervane with Berries

May 12, 2016

This Raccoon Weathervane, (Procyon lotor), is one of our very early designs. The customers who commissioned this piece for their garden simultaneously commissioned our Frog and Dragonfly Weathervane. Weathervanes are lovely in landscaping, and sometimes a superior location for your viewing pleasure. Because this is such an early creation for West Coast Weather Vanes, if you … [ Read More ]

Boat Weathervane with Driver and Dog

May 5, 2016

Our Boat Weathervane with Driver and Dog was originally commissioned by a couple living in a lakefront cottage. They had always wanted a weathervane for lake viewing and when it came time to re-roof the cottage they took advantage of the opportunity to order their weathervane and install the cupola flange during the roofing project. … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Decorative #4

May 5, 2016

This decorative banner conveys a dramatic ‘pierced’ appearance which adds to its visual interest. It comes with the custom spun copper finial above and below. We can also add optional gold leafing, either in the form of a name, number or logo. Gilded markings read correctly, no matter from which side it is viewed. This is the advantage … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Jumping with Branch

May 5, 2016

Our Jumping Horse Weathervane, Over Branch is a variation on one of our earliest horse weather vane designs. This customer requested we personalize their vane sculpture piece to both capture the form of their own jumping horse and to replace the classic jumper’s gate with a stylized branch.  Any of our Jumping Horse Weathervanes can have an optional equestrian … [ Read More ]