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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. Our skilled artisans fabricated the sculpture from copper in high detail swell-bodied style. Each of the artists in our … [ 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 #9

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 ]

Dog Weathervane – Golden Retriever Field Dog Running with Duck

April 28, 2016

This Golden Retriever Field Dog, Running with Duck was originally commissioned as a portrait piece. Our customer was owner to this astonishing hunting dog, and they were truly the dearest of friends. The configuration may seem a bit lean for a Golden Retriever, but in the hunting/field dog designation the breed has been developed as … [ Read More ]

Golfer Weathervane – Happy

April 28, 2016

This Happy Golfer Weathervane has been very popular. It was once ordered by a golf club repairman as part of a pair for his home workshop. The roof structure had two peaks, which he amusingly capped one with this Happy Golfer and the other with our Frustrated Golfer Weathervane. The customers love it. There are many fun … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane-Dominican Pinscher

April 14, 2016

This Dominican Pinscher Weathervane is a portrait piece of DEDO, a beloved, black and tan, one-eyed 17 year old Pinscher female. In the pictures above you can see a photo of DEDO, with pictures of her weather vane, and, if you look closely at the two drawings,  you can compare her more relaxed stance with a version … [ Read More ]

Snowman Weathervane

March 31, 2016

This whimsical Snowman Weathervane was commissioned by some fellow craftspeople who specialized in Snowman themed art and exhibited their work at various holiday craft fairs. In show season they placed the weathervane atop their booth to attract visitors to their display. The rest of the time it resides on top of their house. We love its delightful childlike … [ Read More ]

St. Nick Weathervane – Father Christmas

March 31, 2016

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply ‘Santa’, is a mythical, historical and legendary figure in folklore who, in Western cultures, is described as bringing gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Our Father Christmas Weathervane is depicted in the Victorian tradition.  This sculpture piece is crafted in copper in … [ Read More ]

Car Weathervane Ferrari Silhouette – with Redwood Tree

March 31, 2016

The customers who commissioned this Ferrari Weathervane with Redwood Tree are neighbors here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They live in the Redwoods, and he once owned this classic and beloved Ferrari. This weather vane is unique in that it mixes styles. While the car is in silhouette style the noble redwood is in swell bodied … [ Read More ]

Fish Weathervane – Hogfish

March 31, 2016

This Hogfish Weathervane was a fun project. The original commission was for a home being built in Florida. The owners are divers, and love this Western Atlantic fish that is only caught by spear fishing. Hogfish is said to be sweeter than grouper, and as rich as scallops. For this weather vane the customer requested optional gold leaf … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Concordia 47 Yacht

March 31, 2016

This Concordia 47 Yacht Weathervane is a highly detailed, 3 Dimensional, near replica of two sailboats the family who commissioned it had owned, which explains the two names on either side of the hull. It was ordered as a gift – one of those great surprises spouses can do for each other. In this instance … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Hinckley Pilot Yawl

March 24, 2016

Our Hinckley Yawl Sailboat Weathervane is designed in three dimensional style, though not precisely to high detailed scale. This is a very effective technique our designers and artisans have perfected for producing the satisfying eye appeal of a specific vessel, while creating a sculpture piece that functions well without the added time and expense of exacting … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Firpo Island Whaler

March 24, 2016

This masted vessel was first commissioned by a history buff of his local Firpo Islands. It is designed in mirror image, swell-bodied style, and crafted of copper. The customer requested we use optional gold gilding to add dimension to the ocean swell and brilliance to the puffed out sails and waiving flag. With its seaside mounting this … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane A-Cat, 3D

March 24, 2016

This Cat Rigged Sailboat Weathervane was fabricated in fully three dimensional style, per the request of our customer. It is crafted of copper, to detailed design, and has optional gold leaf identifying markings on the sail and the hull. As this lovely ‘vessel’ weathers and patinas the gilding will remain a bright marker for many decades. … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane Rolls Royce – 3D

March 24, 2016

This Classic Rolls Royce Weathervane is one of our very early projects. It is fully three dimensional and wonderfully visual in its garden setting. As shown here, the Rolls Royce was crafted in copper, brass and nickel silver. A friend of ours made the hand blown glass Winged Victory as the hood ornament. The Rolls Royce featured in … [ Read More ]

Eagle Weathervane – Antique

March 24, 2016

Our classic Antique Eagle Weathervane was first commissioned by a school principal as a gift of appreciation to the school community she had spent many wonderful years with, as she was moving on. It was designed exactly to replace the original weather vane that had been on the school for many many years, but had been stolen. From … [ Read More ]

Book Weathervane with Feather

March 24, 2016

This Book Feather Weathervane appeals to the book lover in all of us and is a way to let others know about our passion for books. As shown here, the book was fabricated in brass, which creates a nice pairing with the brass directionals (north, south, east, and west). The feather and the small globe above … [ Read More ]

Soaring Heart Whirligig

March 24, 2016

Our traditionally stylized Soaring Heart Whirligig is a popular vane sculpture piece for celebrating weddings and anniversaries in addition to Valentine’s Day. As pictured here the sculpture piece is crafted of copper sheet, in swell-bodied style, and the wings have been brightened by the optional application of gold leaf, creating a bright sight on this spinning heart for many decades as … [ Read More ]

Peace Sign Weathervane

March 17, 2016

This Peace Sign Weathervane was inspired by a lovely woman from England who is very devoted to finding pathways to peace in her nation and the world. I guess you would call her a Peace Activist. She discovered West Coast Weather Vanes while visiting her son, a musician visiting here to play in the Baroque Music Festival at the … [ Read More ]

Peace Crane Weathervane

March 17, 2016

This traditionally styled Peace Crane Weathervane was commissioned by the La Selvans for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the La Selva Beach Community Church, here in Santa Cruz County. This stellar group of citizens also have constructed a tiled Peace Pyramid in the little La Selva Beach triangle park. Here is one of the lovely quotes … [ Read More ]

Espresso Machine Weathervane with Cups

March 17, 2016

This Espresso Machine Weathervane with Steaming Cups was a fun project for us. Our San Francisco customer, a real coffee lover, knew exactly the look she wanted. When we suggested putting the steaming cups on the directionals for the vane to spin over, she loved loved the idea. This is 3 Dimensional piece, in a … [ Read More ]

Cannon Weathervane-War of 1812

March 17, 2016

Our War of 1812 Cannon Weathervane was commissioned by a Michigan resident as a surprise birthday present for her husband, whose nickname is ‘Cannon’. Michigan was a significant battleground during the ‘Second War of Independence’ as at least seven land battles and four naval or amphibious actions were fought there. This unique 3D design was fabricated in … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Belgian Malinois with Bird – Double

February 18, 2016

This Belgian Malinois Weathervane – with bird is part of a suite of commissions. It is a portrait piece of our customer’s pair of dogs from that time. In all, they have since commissioned four Belgian Malinois Weather Vanes, each a portrait, and each an attempt to capture the spirit of the particular dogs, commemorating the life … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Belgian Malinois – Double Playing with Stick

February 18, 2016

This Belgian Malinois Weathervane – Pair Playing with Stick is one of our first commissions. It is a portrait piece of our customer’s pair of dogs from that time. They have since commissioned three more Belgian Malinois Weather Vanes, each a portrait, and each an attempt to capture the spirit of the particular dogs, commemorating the … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Shorthorn Heifer

February 18, 2016

This Shorthorn Heifer Weathervane was commissioned as a birthday present for the owner of a shorthorn cattle ranch. Our customer sent us photos of one of their prize heifers and we used it as the model for this design. We even used optional gold leaf to match the markings on their cow! As the copper weathers … [ Read More ]