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Lion of St. Mark Weathervane

February 10, 2015

The Lion of St Mark is, among other things, the symbol of the city of Venice, Italy – formerly the Republic of Venice. Our winged Lion of St Mark Weathervane was originally commissioned by a couple who fell in love with this charming and romantic city, and wanted a bit of that memory at their home … [ Read More ]

Sun and Surf Weathervane with Sailboat

February 10, 2015

We love the design we worked up with our customers for this Sun and Surf Weathervane with Sailboat. It is a combination of several classic elements and metals, and has so many possibilities for individualizing. The mirror image sun faces are fabricated of copper in swell-bodied style, while the rays, waves, and sailboat are silhouette style … [ Read More ]

Diver Sculpture

February 10, 2015

This striking Diver Sculpture Weathervane was commissioned La Pata Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center in San Clemente, California, to be mounted on the roof of their pool complex. They chose to have their piece spin in the wind, but not be a true weather vane, in that they omitted the directionals, preferring a smooth line and a watery … [ Read More ]

Pear Weathervane

February 10, 2015

In 1994 a small Pear Weathervane was commissioned for McCarthy Ranch Restaurant in Milpitas, California. It was such a successful logo presentation that in 2000 a pair of Extra Large vanes was ordered for the McCarthy Ranch Project, in Stockton California. Large shape weathervanes are very effective when designed to be viewed from afar. The McCarthy Ranch group designed … [ Read More ]

Geisha Weathervane – Japanese

February 10, 2015

This delightful Geisha Weathervane was commissioned by a gentleman who has a collection of Japanese wood cut prints. He asked us to replicate as a copper weather vane the geisha in one of his favorite prints. He loved our idea of having the ground she is walking over be a shamisen, the classic Japanese three stringed instrument often played … [ Read More ]

Fisherman Weathervane – with Boy

February 10, 2015

This tender Fisherman Weathervane with Boy was commissioned as a surprise gift to be presented at a retirement celebration. It depicts a grandfather teaching his grandson to fish. Our customer sent photos of both the grandfather and grandson so we could create this portrait weathervane, capturing the two of them at this special time in their lives. Both their names … [ Read More ]

Trojan Weathervane

February 10, 2015

Our Trojan Weathervane depicts ‘Tommy the Trojan’, a classic emblem of the University of Southern California, USC. Though the white horse Traveler is the true mascot of USC, this classic Trojan figure is oft represented in relation to this acclaimed university. In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her … [ Read More ]

Spinning Wheel Weathervane – Intricate

February 10, 2015

Our Spinning Wheel Weathervane was originally designed as a memorial for a customer in British Columbia. His wife was an extraordinary weaver who spun her own wool, dyed it and wove it into clothing and blankets. This weathervane was a tribute in her honor. As such, we made it quite intricate. If desired, we can certainly … [ Read More ]

Secret Garden Weathervane

February 10, 2015

When we got a call from a Master Gardener requesting a Secret Garden Weathervane we surprised her with our level of delight. The conversation quickly went to how we each had cherished since our girlhoods the wonderful 1911 story of little Mary Lennox, Dickon and Colin in the Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Everyone here … [ Read More ]

Roofer Weathervane – on Roof

February 10, 2015

Our Roofer Weathervane was commissioned as a surprise gift for the husband and father of a family that was building a new home after many years of dreaming it into reality. The husband had worked long hours as a roofing contractor supporting his family, and the wife and sons wanted to acknowledge all that this meant to … [ Read More ]

Ink Pot and Quill Weathervane

February 10, 2015

This beautiful, classic design of an Ink Pot and Quill Weathervane was commissioned by a professional calligrapher to go atop her new studio. She was so excited, and helped us to get the design just right. We have lots of experience working in copper but we often rely on our customer’s expertise to make sure … [ Read More ]

Golf Weathervane – Woman and Man

February 10, 2015

Our customer for this vintage style Woman and Man Golf Weathervane will be mounting it on the observation deck of their Hilton Head Island, South Carolina home. How appropriate for a location renowned for its many golf courses. In 1956 Charles Fraser, an avid environmentalist and developer (a rare combination), opened the Sea Pines Resort, making it … [ Read More ]

Cameraman Weathervane – Filmmaker

December 18, 2014

Creating this Cameraman Weathervane was a pleasure for us. Originally commissioned in 2005 it is an iconic homage to an era that was ending as digital film making and projecting was the next great advancement in this fast past technological industry. Imagine, as we entered the 1900’s the first movie was shot on a camera that panned—prior … [ Read More ]

Palm Tree Weathervane – with Two Chairs

December 9, 2014

Our Palm Tree Weathervane with Two Chairs, was originally designed for a couple who love tropical themes, but, to quote, weren’t really ‘into’ flamingos. The artisans in our shop had a good time creating this piece. The piece is crafted of copper and brass. The brass trunks are in swell-bodied style, the copper chairs are repoussé in … [ Read More ]

Medical Weathervane – Insignia

December 9, 2014

This Medical Insignia Weathervane is made of copper and brass and is crafted in the silhouette style. As this sculpture piece weathers the different metals will age with a subtle difference in tone that will be very lovely. This caduceus, a traditional symbol of healing, was originally commissioned to be mounted in the sculpture garden at Garden of Hope, Bethlehem, PA. The … [ Read More ]

Lemon Weathervane – on Arrow

December 9, 2014

Our Lemon Weathervane was originally commissioned in large size as a display piece for the top of a gazebo in a shopping plaza in Manhattan Beach, California. The history of Manhattan Beach is colorful, to say the least, and includes a period when one of the larger landholders in the area was growing and experimenting with … [ Read More ]

United States Constitution Weathervane – Declaration of Independence

December 8, 2014

In 1999 we had the enormous honor of creating an exclusive United States Constitution Weathervane, to be displayed at Christmas in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Ken and I were thrilled to be invited both to create this piece and to go to the Capitol to see it placed. We love working with our … [ Read More ]

Coffee Pot Weathervane – with Cups

December 8, 2014

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

Horse Weathervane – Carousel Basic

December 2, 2014

Our basic Carousel Horse Weathervane harkens back to a history that began with knights in armor riding in circles and throwing balls between themselves as practice for combat. We also make a Deluxe Carousel Horse Weathervane with classic armor, drape, and gilding. The horse has glass eyes, and optional gold leaf to emphasize the stylized motion … [ Read More ]

Apple Weathervane – with Ladder

November 14, 2014

Our Apple and Orchard Ladder Weathervane was commissioned by an owner of apple orchards. He knew how great it would look mounted atop his historic wooden barn. This client also requested optional gold leaf to illustrate the shine of the apple and add distinction to the leaf. Gilding is a lovely way to add brilliance and contrast to a … [ Read More ]

Golf Weathervane – Frustrated Golfer

November 7, 2014

This Frustrated Golfer Weathervane was commissioned by a customer with a good sense of humor. He lives in Calaveras County, California, home to the famous Frog Jumping Contest, and wanted a glass eyed frog added to his design in an amusing way.  We all loved the result. In addition, he requested optional palladium and gold leaf to create … [ Read More ]

Golf Weathervane – Standing Golfer

November 7, 2014

Our Standing Golfer Weathervane was originally commissioned by a customer who loves the sport and history of golf. He wanted a classic stance and classic attire. He also wanted to further personalize the piece with his bespectacled self portraying the golfer. This sculpture piece is crafted in copper and brass, in the swell bodied style, with optional gold and palladium leaf accents. … [ Read More ]

Yellow Jacket Weathervane – Fighting

November 7, 2014

Our Yellow Jacket Weathervane in Fighting Stance was originally commissioned for the athletics department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. They have since ordered several more, in varying sizes and recently sent this note: The new yellow jacket weathervanes look great – I wish you could see them.  You now have 5 of your creative works within … [ Read More ]

Deer Weathervane – Fallow Deer

November 7, 2014

Our Fallow Deer Weathervane, Dama dama, is popular with many. It captures the stature of these distinct animals. Native to Eurasia, centuries ago they were populated as game animals through much of the temperate world. They can weigh up to 330# and stand over three foot at shoulder height. The original commission for this piece was a ranch in … [ Read More ]

Boar Weathervane – Charging

November 7, 2014

Our Charging Boar Weathervane was originally designed for a South Carolina restaurant specializing in wild cuisine, particularly game animals. It is the focal point on a turret of the two story building in which the restaurant is housed. They ordered it in the large size, and selected dark black glass eyes and optional gold leafing on the … [ Read More ]

Artist Weatherane – with Palette

November 7, 2014

Our Artist Weathervane with Palette was originally commissioned in large size to sit atop a historic building in Southport Village, Connecticut. Once the location of the town’s hardware store, it is now a fine arts gallery. This vane is in keeping with the time honored precedent of identifying the work taking place and items being sold on … [ Read More ]

Football Weathervane – Player #1

October 31, 2014

This Football Player Weathervane was commissioned by Denny Marcin, Defensive Line Coach for the New York Jets. He had seen some of our sports related weathervanes on our website and was interested in having us make a Running Back weathervane for him. He worked back and forth with me on the design, even to the … [ Read More ]

Eskimo Weathervane – Female

October 31, 2014

This exclusive Eskimo Weathervane was commissioned by a collector of the work of Rie Munoz, who some consider to be the finest living artist in Alaska. The design was based on one of her iconic figures and sits atop her gallery in Juneau, Alaska. It was crafted in copper, in the swell-bodied style, with gold leaf accents. The eyes are … [ Read More ]

Military Weathervane – Civil War Battle of Gettysburg

October 31, 2014

This copper Civil War Soldier in Battle Weathervane features the defining Battle of Gettysburg, High Water Mark, July 3, 1863. The design was commissioned by some Civil War buffs who will install it in their garden as a focal point from which, over time, they plan to create a more detailed reenactment through the addition of other weather … [ Read More ]

Canoe Weathervane – Paddling

September 26, 2014

Our Canoe Weathervane is a great design for a weekend cabin by the lake or for the canoeing enthusiast. While the paddler featured in this photo is a man, we can also make this weathervane with a female aboard or even a family and pets! Our customer for the weathervane pictured asked us to add optional gold leaf to the … [ Read More ]

Turtle Weathervane – Snapping

September 26, 2014

This Snapping Turtle Weathervane was commissioned for a customer’s eight-car garage in New York. Because of his strong ties to Louisiana, he wanted a large Snapping Turtle Weather Vane to top the square cupola at the garage center. As pictured the weathervane was crafted with a copper body and shell with brass terrain under its feet. However, because each of … [ Read More ]

Tiger Weathervane – Stalking

September 26, 2014

This copper Tiger Weathervane is one of our most spectacular designs. But then, how can you go wrong working with such a superb subject! Our artisans have each made their own specialty hammers for creating fur, musculature and etching the stripes. The overall impact is of contained motion, and spinning in the wind is quite amazing. This fierce tiger … [ Read More ]

Tasmanian Tiger Weathervane – Devil

September 19, 2014

Our Tasmanian Tiger Weathervane with Tasmanian Devil was commissioned by an American who had moved to Australia and after one year there knew she had found her perfect place in the world. She loved everything Australian, and wanted to preserve the images of these two highly endangered native wild animals (we are loath to accept … [ Read More ]

Praying Mantis Weathervane – on Branch

September 19, 2014

This realistic Praying Mantis Weathervane is a perfect complement to a water element garden or in tandem placement with our Leaping Trout Weathervane. In the main image shown above, the copper Praying Mantis has translucent glass eyes and is sitting on a brass twig with copper leaves, one of which has a copper penny attached. … [ Read More ]

Rabbit Weathervane – Netherland Dwarf

September 19, 2014

The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Weather Vane above is handcrafted entirely from copper. The directional arrow is created to look like a carrot, with optional gold leafing on the carrot top at the end. Parts of the directional have also been gold leafed, adding contrast to the all copper rabbit. The unique tooling marks our artisans apply with their … [ Read More ]

Monkey Weathervane – Spider Monkey

September 19, 2014

This Spider Monkey Weathervane is handmade from copper, with details such as musculature and pelt texture captured in our fine tooling on the copper. The branch under the Spider Monkey is enhanced by optional gold leaf accents. You can request additional optional gilding to draw attention to other individual details as well. The eyes are glass and … [ Read More ]

Mayfly Weathervane – Basic

September 19, 2014

This realistic Mayfly Weathervane is a perfect complement to a water element garden or in tandem placement with our Leaping Trout Weathervane. The mayfly sculpture piece can be made with or without a fishing hook. We can do the fish hook in copper, brass, nickel silver, or with optional leafing in palladium or gold leaf depending on … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Mountain

September 19, 2014

The Mountain Goat Weathervane pictured here was fabricated in the extra large (4′) size, as the home on which it was placed was quite large. Interestingly, the original customers, for whom this sculpture piece was designed, raised goats for antibody production to fight disease in humans. Because we craft each weather vane to individual order, customers can specify theirs be … [ Read More ]

Bear Weathervane – California Golden Grizzly

September 12, 2014

Our California Golden Grizzly Bear Weathervane, Ursus Californicas, was originally commissioned by a wonderful mosaic artist who lives in the Santa Barbara area. She was building a beautiful new studio/retreat space in a lovely garden setting and wanted the weather vane topping the building to be distinctly representative of California. While this California Golden Grizzly Bear Weathervane is … [ Read More ]

Armadillo Weathervane – Banded

September 12, 2014

This Armadillo Weathervane is crafted of copper, with distinct tooling to mimic its armored plates and scaly tail. The glass eye gives it a realistic look when the sun glints through it and is available in a nice selection of colors. As with all our weather vanes, this Armadillo can be personalized with the addition of optional gold … [ Read More ]

Noah’s Ark Weathervane – Domestic Animals

September 12, 2014

Our Noah’s Ark Weathervane with Domestic Animals has been quite popular. One memorable commission was a birthday present for a gentleman named Noah from his large extended family (each of whom put a ‘Lucky Penny‘ from the year of their birth into the ark along with two special pennies celebrating his birthday). Each family member got to select which animal … [ Read More ]

Diana Weathervane – The Huntress

September 5, 2014

We are loving the design process for our Diana the Huntress Weathervanes. The designs are for a singer from Southern California, named Diana. So much of the business of music happens at night, it is lovely to be acknowledging an ancient figure regarded in many cultures as representing the moon and the night time huntress. … [ Read More ]

Witch Weathervane – Flying Silhouette

September 5, 2014

This Witch Weathervane was designed in the spirit of Halloween imagery – riding a broom, with a long warty nose and peaked hat. The flow of her copper robe and cape accentuate her flying through the air. It is crafted in the silhouette style from a heavy gauge copper sheet, to create the stability needed in a single dimension vane. One … [ Read More ]

Stork and Baby Weathervane – Flying

August 15, 2014

If you are a bit of an oölogist you might see that our Stork and Baby Weathervane is, in fact, a Great Blue Heron Weather Vane, Ardea herodias, Flying with Baby. Our customers have been happy using our existing flying heron design because the two birds are so visually similar. If you would like us to … [ Read More ]

Pig Weathervane – Flying

August 15, 2014

This whimsical flying pig Weathervane was commissioned by a couple who loved the concept of achieving what no one feels is possible, and knew from experience that they had.  They requested we seal in ‘Lucky Pennies’ for significant dates of their accomplishments in addition to the always present penny from the year of their vanes creation. They … [ Read More ]

Peter and the Wolf Weathervane

August 15, 2014

Our Peter and the Wolf Weathervane was originally commissioned by a family that particularly loved this children’s symphony with narration, by Prokofiev. Our master artisans had such a good time creating this complex piece! Their custom made hammers for texturing fur and forest came in very handy. The customer for the version pictured here chose … [ Read More ]

Moon Weathervane – with Stars

August 8, 2014

Our Moon Stars Weathervane features the Man in the Moon, complete with your choice of colored translucent glass eyes, two stars in close proximity to the moon and a shooting star (or comet). Depending on your preference, the two stars in close association with the moon can either be attached by dangles, which allows them to move … [ Read More ]

Mermaid Weathervane – Curved Tail

August 8, 2014

This Mermaid Weather Vane with Curved Tail is a newer variation on our Mermaid with Clamshell Weather Vane design. While the two Mermaid designs are similar this new Mermaid with Curved Tail is more voluptuous than our original design. As with our other Mermaids you have a choice of eye color, metal combinations, and optional … [ Read More ]

Little Red Riding Hood Weathervane – Wolf Standing

August 8, 2014

This Little Red Riding Hood Weathervane with Wolf Standing was commissioned by a woman who was an obvious huge fan of this allegorical tale. She also ordered a Little Red Riding Hood with the Wolf in Bed Weathervane. The story of Little Red Riding Hood has changed much in its history, and been subject to numerous modern adaptations … [ Read More ]

Little Red Riding Hood Weathervane – Wolf in Bed

August 8, 2014

This Little Red Riding Hood with the Wolf in Bed Weathervane was commissioned by a woman who was an obvious huge fan of this allegorical tale. She also ordered a Little Red Riding Hood Giving Directions to the Big Bad Wolf Weathervane. The story of Little Red Riding Hood has changed much in its history, and been subject to … [ Read More ]

Ganesh Weathervane – Ganesha

July 18, 2014

Our Ganesha Weathervane was made for a customer in Southern California who was particularly devoted to this beloved Hindu god. Ganesha गणपति (also spelled Ganesa or Ganesh) is one of the best-known and most popularly worshipped deities in Hinduism. Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him easy to identify. He is … [ Read More ]

Fairy Weathervane – Sitting on Toadstool

July 18, 2014

Our Fairy Weathervane, Sitting on a Toadstool is a wonderfully whimsical and popular piece. Our artisans loved creating this pretty lady, with her beautiful wings. She is crafted of copper, in the swell bodied style, with optional gold leaf accents on the wings, toadstool, and the fairy’s body. We have a lovely selection of colors … [ Read More ]

Don Quixote Weathervane – with Windmill

July 18, 2014

Our Don Quixote Weathervane was originally commissioned as one of a pair to be mounted on two garages sitting adjacent in British Columbia. These customers love literature and chose our St George and the Dragon Weathervane for the second, emphasizing two classic literary views of noble quests and the urge to act with chivalry. And, by … [ Read More ]

Dish Running Away With The Spoon Weathervane

July 18, 2014

This has been a popular weather vane for families, restaurants, nursery schools and child care centers. It was designed in October 2005 as the showcase piece for the Windblown Art Exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge Massachusetts. We applied optional gold leaf to the copper on the bows and leggings, and palladium leaf to the spoon, creating … [ Read More ]

Cupid Weathervane – Autumn

July 18, 2014

We have so enjoyed the crafting of our Autumn Cupid Weathervane. It is a sculpture piece that accents the deep knowledge and skills of our master craftsmen. As pictured it is fabricated completely out of copper, with optional gold leaf accents. This weather vane could also be constructed of copper and brass, which would have bright differences at … [ Read More ]

Soccer Ball Weathervane

July 9, 2014

This Soccer Ball Weathervane was originally commissioned by the City of Lexington, TN for their new soccer complex. We also offer Male and Female Soccer Player weathervanes but since teams of both genders use the field, they thought a soccer ball weathervane would be more inclusive. Since then we have made this weathervane for soccer … [ Read More ]

Cherub Weathervane – Stars & Clouds

July 3, 2014

A sweet and popular weathervane, our Cherub with Moon, Stars and Clouds looks lovely both silhouetted against the sky or in a garden setting. Our customers have selected this weather vane as a gift to new parents, as part of an angel collection, and as a memorial to a loved one; with the cherub gently watching … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Watering Can

July 3, 2014

Our Angel Weathervane with Watering Can is part of our series of gardening angels. It can be crafted in all copper, a combination of copper and brass or with optional gold or palladium leaf accents on the face, arms, wings and the heart on the watering can. The tulip designs on her dress are hand chased into the copper. … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Cloud Garden

July 3, 2014

This Angel Weathervane in Cloud Garden is the fourth piece commissioned by one of our favorite customers. She is an avid gardener and likes our garden themed weather vane designs. Because she already had one of our Gardening Angels we designed this angel tending a garden of clouds. She chose optional gold leaf to highlight her angel’s face, … [ Read More ]

Raven Weathervane – On Branch

June 27, 2014

The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large black bird in the crow family, with iridescent feathers. The bill is large and slightly curved. At maturity, it is between 56 and 69 cm (22 to 27 inches) in length, with a wingspan double that. There is a nice selection of colors for the glass eyes. For … [ Read More ]

Puffin Weathervane – Tufted

June 27, 2014

The Puffin weather vane featured here shows the bird standing on rocks. Details can have optional gilding to create a nice contrast with the copper body. Glass eye color options are many. If you are a fan of Puffins you might also enjoy our Puffin and Frog Weathervane. This weathervane was originally commissioned as a birthday gift, … [ Read More ]

Pelican Weathervane – Sitting

June 27, 2014

This Sitting Pelican Weather Vane may be ordered in a variety of ways. It can be made with or without a fish in its beak. The fish can be fabricated from nickel silver, or copper and can be optionally gilded in gold or palladium leaf. We further personalize this sculpture piece by shaping it to be a … [ Read More ]

Owl Weathervane – Spotted Owl

June 20, 2014

The Spotted Owl is the newest member of our owl weathervane family. To imply the distinct markings of this beautiful bird we apply gold leaf to the copper body. As you can see from the pictures above, some customers have ordered this weathervane with very little gilding and others with much more gilding than is included in this … [ Read More ]

Lovebirds Weathervane – On Branch

June 20, 2014

This Love Bird Weathervane, Agapornis, is one of our more delicate designs. It is a popular gift for weddings and anniversaries. Both of these love birds and the cherry blossom petals pictured here have optional gold leafing applied, which creates a nice contrast with the tree branch. This particular customer also requested that both birds have different colored translucent glass eyes. While … [ Read More ]

Loon Weathervane with Chick

June 20, 2014

Our loon weather vanes are very popular with customers around the Great Lakes and other waterways of the Northern Hemisphere. Once you’ve experienced this charming and beautiful bird of prehistoric origin, and akin to the penguin, you have to love them and their haunting call. Here we are featuring  the copper Loon Weather Vane with fledging chick, … [ Read More ]

Kingfisher Weathervane – On Branch

June 13, 2014

The copper Kingfisher weather vane featured in this photo has custom made glass eyes giving it a very life like appearance! The Kingfisher is noted for its striking contrast between it’s light and dark plumage. For that reason, the gold leafed sections mimicing the distinct white coloration are included. (Prices may change slightly based on the price … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Playing with Hummingbird

June 13, 2014

Our Cat Weathervane Playing with a Hummingbird is adaptable to Persian, Siamese, Tabby, or any type of cat, and can even be a portrait piece, if you send us pictures of your feline friend. The customer who originally ordered the Sphynx Cat Playing with Hummingbird also ordered our Three Boys and a Kite Weathervane as a Christmas … [ Read More ]

Feather Weathervane – Three Eagle Feathers

June 13, 2014

This Eagle Feather Weathervane was an interesting project for us here, at West Coast Weather Vanes. Our customer considered several sketches and ended up deciding on a non-traditional design that does not employ the horizontal bar that is so commonly used in weather vanes. It was crafted in the swell bodied style, giving it strength … [ Read More ]

Duck Weathervane – Wood Duck Flying

June 12, 2014

This wonderful copper Wood Duck Weathervane, portrays this beautifully marked bird, taking off from the cupola tip of our customer’s Lake Tahoe home. It was purchased as a very special Anniversary gift. This design is quite popular with other distributed around California. It is crafted in the swell bodied style, with glass eyes, giving a realistic … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Steeplechase

June 12, 2014

Our Steeplechase Weathervane is fabricated in copper in the swell bodied style, with tail and mane of brass. The customers who commissioned this stylized piece were familiar with steeple chasing and wanted us to capture in their design the soaring, free spirited feel of racing in the countryside, navigating all manner of obstacle, be it ditch, fence, … [ Read More ]

Sheep Weathervane – St. Croix

May 30, 2014

Our all copper St Croix Sheep Weathervane is wonderful in its clean lines and classic stance. The original commission was a customer who loves copper and the way it weathers over time. The eyes are handmade of glass, and are available in a variety of colors. Other options with this weathervane are adding an inscription or gilded lettering in gold or … [ Read More ]

Sheep Weathervane – Lamb Trotting

May 30, 2014

This sweet Lamb Weathervane was commissioned by a family for mounting on a gazebo they were building at the time. As can be seen in the pictures above it is wonderfully effective. The sculpture piece of the lamb is crafted in copper in the swell body style, and then gilded with optional gold leaf to bring … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Alpine Doe

May 30, 2014

Currently in production here at West Coast Weather Vanes is this lovely Alpine Goat Doe. It was commissioned as a gift to the owners of Idyll Farms. We look forward to showing you pictures of this weathervane when mounted at the farm! To accent the distinctive features of this Classic Chamoisee Alpine Doe, our customer … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Alpine Buck

May 30, 2014

This Alpine Buck Goat Weathervane was commissioned by neighbors with a large herd. The Alpine Buck portrayed has very interesting Broken Chamoise markings depicted through careful application of gold and palladium leaf. Leafing is an optional extra, and cost depends on the extent covered, and current price of the precious metals. Our customer came to the studio and … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Leaping

May 29, 2014

The Leaping Goat Weathervane featured above was designed to convey the frisky nature of these animated creatures in a classic Black Forest style. Our customer’s wife had immigrated from Switzerland and she had fond memories of the Black Forest signage found in his homeland. As a gift for her, he had us create the stylized Goat sculpture piece … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Holstein Dairy Cow with Boy

May 29, 2014

Our Boy with Dairy Cow Weathervane 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 lighter colored gold will stand out in brilliant contrast. The longer the weathervane is … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Scottish Highland

May 29, 2014

  This Scottish Highland Bull Weathervane was commissioned as one of a pair to be given as gifts. Our customer also ordered a Scottish Highland Cow. This bull has been heavily textured with custom designed hammers to mimic the shaggy long coat distinctive to the breed. It has brown glass eyes with black pupils to … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Racehorses Double – Exclusive Design

May 27, 2014

This Racehorse and Jockey Weathervane Double is one of our all time favorites. It was and exclusive commission by an internationally known horse owner/trainer and his wife, to represent two of their favorite horses. Exclusive weathervanes cannot be replicated for anyone other than the owner. We are showcasing it here as inspiration to other horse racing enthusiasts. We … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Saddle Bronc Silhouette

May 26, 2014

Not too long ago we received an order from a customer who was to become a favorite of ours.  “Jim” had owned a Western Store in a nearby community for many years, and wanted to give a special gift to his daughter, for her wedding. Commissioning a weathervane was a new creative experience for him and we all … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Persian Resting on Branch

May 16, 2014

The Persian Cat Weathervane featured here is a variation on our original Cat and Hummingbird Weathervane. One of our customer’s saw the original version and liked it. She was going to mount her weathervane atop a 35 foot flag pole and wanted it to look like her Persian cats. We put inscriptions on either side of the horizontal tube with her … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Tang

May 16, 2014

This Tang Horse Weathervane was originally commissioned by a customer in New Brunswick, Canada. It was her second weather vane from us and was planned as a special Christmas gift for her husband.* In autumn we worked with the wife via email to conceptualize the design and you can see that we stressed strong, simple lines and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Mustangs

May 15, 2014

Originally commissioned as a gift, this Mustang Horse weather vane is available only in the large (3-ft) and extra-large (4-ft) size. This is because the sculpture piece, even though 3 or 4 feet in size, is comprised of 3 separate horses. In the large size each horse is only about 1 foot in length. In … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Passage Silhouette

May 15, 2014

This Passage Horse Silhouette Weathervane was originally commissioned in small size as a gift from one best friend to another. As part of the birthday present, the gift giver made special wishes on two ‘lucky’ pennies, one from the year her childhood friend had been born and one from the year she was celebrating her birthday. … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Passage

May 15, 2014

We have crafted this Dressage Passage Horse Weathervane with and without a rider, with slight differentiation in the leg position and tails on the two horses. Because each weather vane is made to order, we are often able to accommodate customer’s requests for additional personalization. Depending on the changes requested, we may charge a fee to make … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Extended Trot, Version 1

May 15, 2014

Our Extended Trot Dressage Horse Weathervane V1 was originally commissioned by the owner of a horse that was performing Dressage at the Olympic level. She sent us photos showing the amazing physicality of her horse and this Extended Trot Horse Weathervane was based on these images. Later, we had customers see this ‘high stepper’ and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Basic #1

May 15, 2014

This active copper Dressage Horse Weathervane was made to showcase the classic stride of a Dressage Horse. This is one of our earliest horse weathervanes. Very early in our career as newly minter weathervane makers, this design was ordered by a collector who simultaneously commissioned the same design from two other custom handcrafted weathervane makers. … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Bucking Bronc & Cowboy

May 9, 2014

The bucking bronc shown here was fabricated in the swell body style in copper with a brass mane and tail for the horse and brass clothing for the cowboy. Optional gilding is also a popular option with this weathervane; substituting gold leaf where the brass appears in this photo. This weathervane was originally commissioned by as a 50th birthday present … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Two Parents with Two Chicks

May 9, 2014

In the Quail Weather Vane with Two Chicks, Coturnix coturnix, the scurrying family can be detailed to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. We can use optional gold leaf to accent the distinctive markings for which each bird is known. Our most popular gilding option is to do the topknot, … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Two Parents with Three Chicks

May 9, 2014

This copper Quail Family with Three Chicks Weathervane was originally commissioned in 1999 by a California family.  Pictured you will see our customer added optional gold leaf gilding to this sculpture piece for accenting the distinctive markings of the quail. The eyes are glass, and are available in a nice range of colors. The bar beneath the birds’ feet is inscribed with family names. … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – One Parent with Two Juveniles

May 9, 2014

This Quail Weathervane Parent with Juvenile Chicks was originally commissioned in 1997 by a customer living in Carmel, California. It has also been ordered by the Los Altos, California, History Musuem. We can detail your weathervane to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. Pictured you will see … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Traditional with Flowers

May 9, 2014

Our quail weathervanes are very popular. You will see many of the designs we have created through the years in the Gallery below. Featured here is a Quail, Coturnix coturnix, standing amongst California Poppy and Bush Lupin. We can detail your weathervane to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. This classically posed … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Two Parents with Four Chicks on Directionals

May 9, 2014

Our quail weathervanes are very popular. You will see many of the designs we have created through the years in the Gallery below. Featured here is a California quail family, Coturnix coturnix. The parents spin in the wind, keeping track of their four chicks, one on each of the four directionals. We can detail your weathervane to represent either California Quail or Gambels … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – One Parent with Two Chicks

May 8, 2014

Our quail weathervanes are very popular. You will see from the Gallery below many of the designs we have created through the years. Here we have a California quail parent, Coturnix coturnix, with two chicks scurrying to keep up. We can detail your weathervane to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Male Walking on Feather

May 8, 2014

Our gilded copper weathervane, Coturnix coturnix of a male walking on a feather is very popular. It can be detailed to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. The optional gilding can be done in both gold and palladium leaf,  accenting the distinctive markings for which each bird is known. The eyes … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Female with Seeds

May 8, 2014

We love this all copper standing quail weathervane, Coturnix coturnix. It can be detailed to represent either California Quail or Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. A charming enhancement is optional gold leaf  accenting the distinctive markings for which each bird is known. Our most popular gilding option is the topknot, beak and legs. The eyes … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retrievers Standing and Lying Down

May 8, 2014

This weathervane was one of a set we made for a customer in Ohio. He sent us photos of his black and yellow lab.  One of the weathervanes showcases the two dogs sitting and lying down. This weathervane shows the pair standing and lying down. The two weathervanes were put on adjacent cupolas so they … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Golden Retriever Standing

May 5, 2014

Our copper Golden Retriever Weathervane shows this classic dog in its conformation pose. For a more action oriented pose, we also offer a Running Golden Retriever Weather Vane. Over the years, we have made a number of these standing Golden Retriever Weathervanes for customers who own national champions. They are split about equally between the … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Weimaraner on Point

May 2, 2014

This copper Weimaraner Weathervane was originally commissioned by a hunter who not only sent us photos of his Weimaraner but also of his prized shotgun. He was building a new home and guest house. On the main house he put his large sized pointing dog weathervane. On the guest house he put a medium sized Flushing … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Jack Russell on Point

May 2, 2014

Our Pointing Jack Russell Terrier was originally commissioned as a portrait piece, and was one of several of our weather vanes this customer installed on her new horse farm. She has also commissioned  vanes of her farm logo, a Mare and Foal  weathervane, a Warmblood weathervane, and a portrait Stallion weathervane. Once a customer has ordered one vane from … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Portuguese Water Dog Leaping

May 1, 2014

This was our first Portuguese Water Dog Weathervane design. The couple who commissioned it wanted to capture this breed’s active nature and love of water. Crafted in a combination of copper and brass, we used both classic  swell bodied techniques and silhouette style construction to create this weathervane. The copper “Portie” is shown leaping into copper … [ Read More ]