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Shamrock Weathervane

January 9, 2014

Our Shamrock Weathervane, or Lucky Clover Leaf Weather Vane, is, not surprisingly,  a popular design with people of Irish ancestry. In keeping with the traditions of Ireland we have designed a variation on a Celtic knot for the arrow’s tip and fletching. The gold leafing on this copper weather vane, which stands out in distinct … [ Read More ]

Scales of Justice Weathervane

January 9, 2014

This Scales of Justice Weather Vane is our most recent 3D creation. The client who commissioned this piece wanted to have the scales in ‘scale’ and we liked that idea. The sculpture is created of copper with brass accents on the gavel. The gavel, scale base, and bowls are all of spun copper. This three dimensional … [ Read More ]

Saturn Weathervane – Saturn With Comet

January 9, 2014

This Saturn with Comet Weather Vane can be crafted in a number of different ways. For the variation featured here the planet Saturn is a separate copper sculpture piece affixed with set screws to the vertical stainless steel rod; it is the Comet that turns, pivoting on thrust bearings. When constructed in smaller sizes (one … [ Read More ]

Pineapple Weathervane – Basic

January 9, 2014

The pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality and displaying a Pineapple Weathervane over the entrance to one’s home indicates a warm and friendly welcome awaiting those who pass within. As shown here, the body of the pineapple is fabricated of copper and the pineapple’s leaves are made of brass. We also added optional gold … [ Read More ]

Leaf Weathervane – Single Oak With Acorns

January 9, 2014

Our very adaptable Oak Leaf Weather Vane is based on the leaves of a White Oak, Quercus alba. This design can easily be adjusted to reflect the leaves and acorns of different types of oaks, including the Southern Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, the Pin Oak, Quercus palustris, or the Northern Red,Quercus rubra Oak,  to name but a few. … [ Read More ]

Leaf Weathervane – Double Oak

January 9, 2014

This Double Oak Leaf Weather Vane is a variation on our Single Oak Leaf Weather Vane. It was commissioned by a couple in North Carolina. They selected the medium size (two-foot sculpture piece) to go atop a 26” cupola on their new two car garage. They have a number of large Pin Oaks and White Oaks … [ Read More ]

Music Weathervane – G Clef

January 9, 2014

The “G” Clef Musical Note Weather Vane, shown here in copper, has a striking and readily identifiable silhouette against the skyline. Joining a centuries old tradition of using weathervanes to denote one’s profession, this G Clef Weathervane was originally commissioned to go atop a new barn style building which served as a composer’s studio. Another … [ Read More ]

Lighthouse Weathervane – With Tree

January 9, 2014

Our Lighthouse with Tree Weather Vane is based on a historic lighthouse built in 1881 near Montara, California. The couple who originally commissioned it have a home that overlooks this scenic stretch of coastline and the lighthouse, which is flanked on one side by the keeper’s house and on the other side by an iconic … [ Read More ]

Lighthouse Weathervane – With Sailboat

January 9, 2014

Our Lighthouse Weather Vane with Sailboat is comprised of several different design elements. Of central importance is, of course, the lighthouse. On one side it is flanked by either the rising or setting sun, depending on whether you live on the east coast or the west coast. On the opposite side, a sailboat steers clear … [ Read More ]

Lighthouse Weathervane – Portland

January 9, 2014

This Portland Lighthouse Weather Vane, crafted in copper and brass, is a representation of the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine. It was commissioned by a woman who had fond memories of this lighthouse. As a young girl she spent her summers there, where her grandfather was the lighthouse keeper! She wanted this weathervane … [ Read More ]

Heart Weathervane – Double

January 9, 2014

Our Double Heart Weather Vane is a popular way to celebrate a wedding, an anniversary, or Valentine’s Day. There is a good luck tradition that originated in the Victorian Era of sealing a “lucky”  penny inside a handmade copper weather vane. The penny is traditionally one from the year the weathervane was made. If you … [ Read More ]

Grapevine Weathervane – Basic

January 9, 2014

This is our Traditional Grapevine Weather Vane. It is meant to depict a universal grape vine and can be used to represent both table grapes as well as wine grapes. We also offer grape vine weathervanes based on specific varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot. If you have a winery or grow … [ Read More ]

Grapevine Weathervane – Pinot Noir

January 9, 2014

Our Pinot Noir Grapevine Weather Vane is a variation on a favorite theme! In addition to Pinot Noir, we offer grape vine weathervanes based on other varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. Because we specialize in custom, copper weather vanes, we can also create designs based on other varietals. If you have a winery … [ Read More ]

Grape Weathervane – Merlot

January 9, 2014

Our Merlot Weather Vane is one of a series of grape cluster varietal weathervanes offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We also offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grape Weather Vanes. In addition, we offer Wine Bottle and Glasses weather vanes and Grape Vine weather vanes. As shown here, the grape cluster, stem … [ Read More ]

Grape Weathervane – Pinot Noir

January 9, 2014

Our Pinot Noir Weather Vane is one of a series of grape cluster varietal weathervanes offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We also offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot Grape Weather Vanes. In addition, we offer Wine Bottle and Glasses weather vanes and Grape Vine weather vanes. As shown here, the grape cluster, stem … [ Read More ]

Grape Weathervane – Chardonnay

January 9, 2014

Our Chardonnay Weather Vane is one of a series of grape cluster varietal weathervanes offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We also offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot Grape Weather Vanes. In addition, we offer Wine Bottle and Glasses weather vanes and Grape Vine weather vanes. A nice thing about the Chardonnay Grape … [ Read More ]

Grape Weathervane – Cabernet Sauvignon

January 9, 2014

Our Cabernet Sauvignon Weather Vane is one of a series of grape cluster varietals offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We also offer Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot Grape Weather Vanes. In addition, we offer Wine Bottle and Glasses weather vanes and Grape Vine weather vanes. As shown here the grape cluster, stem and … [ Read More ]

Cross Weathervane – Sculpture

January 9, 2014

The elegant simplicity of this 3D Cross Sculpture Piece makes for a striking profile against the sky. It is crafted entirely of copper and employs box style construction, which makes it very strong. The cross depicted here is recognized as the Christian Cross, also known as the Latin cross or crux ordinaria. It is the … [ Read More ]

Carousel Horse Weathervane

January 9, 2014

The Carousel Horse Weather Vane (Deluxe version) is one of our most spectacular designs. It was originally commissioned to go atop the Silver Beach Carousel Society’s carousel in St. Joseph, Michigan. While it can be made as an all copper weathervane, we can also add brass, optional gold leaf and/or palladium leaf or nickel silver … [ Read More ]

Artist Palette Weathervane

January 9, 2014

As you might imagine, our Artist’s Palette weathervane is popular with artists and has found its way to the tops of a number of private studios as well as art stores and galleries. As shown here, the palette was crafted in copper with stained glass ‘paint’, brass paint brush handles and optionally gold leafed bristles … [ Read More ]

Arrow Weathervane – Traditional

January 9, 2014

Our Traditional Arrow Weather Vane is crafted in copper, with an open arrowhead and accordion shaped fletching. A popular option with this weathervane is to add gold or palladium leaf to the sheet metal section of the arrow tip and a gold leafed trim line around the perimeter of the arrow’s fletching. When going into … [ Read More ]

Arrow Weathervane – Barn Topper

January 9, 2014

This Barn Arrow Weather Vane was made entirely in copper. Other possibilities include brass and optional gold and/or palladium leafed accents. The copper globe located where the arrow shaft connects with the vertical copper mounting tube serves as a gusset reinforcing the joint where the horizontal and vertical copper tubing come together. It can be … [ Read More ]

American Flag Weathervane

January 9, 2014

This handcrafted American Flag Weather Vane flies proudly on top of a number of patriotic buildings in different states throughout our country. The gold leafed stars and stripes are included in the price* and contrast brilliantly with the darkened copper. The copper has been shaped to mimic the fabric of the flag rippling in the … [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Weathervane – Stegosaurus

December 19, 2013

The Stegosaurus Weather Vane shown here was originally commissioned as a thank you gift for the director of the Morrison Natural History Museum in Colorado by the owner of a nearby dinosaur dig destination hotel. The owner was doing an extensive remodel of the Best Western Denver Southwest, adding many dinosaur related artifacts and educational … [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Weathervane – Flying Pteranodon

December 19, 2013

The Pteranodon Weathervane shown here is a new member of our Prehistoric Weathervane series. It was commissioned by the owners of the Best Western Denver Southwest hotel in Colorado. The hotel underwent a major remodeling effort, transforming it into a destination vacation spot, complete with many dinosaur artifacts. They wanted a large sized Pteranodon Weathervane … [ Read More ]

Coyotes Weathervane – Howling With Pup

December 19, 2013

This Coyote Weathervane with Pup was designed to honor of some of our local residents here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Even though all of us who live here in the mountains of Santa Cruz need to keep a close eye on our pets and chickens, these beautiful animals are part of the reason why … [ Read More ]

Wolf Weathervane – Howling

December 19, 2013

Our Howling Wolf Weather Vane, Canis lupus, as shown here, was crafted of copper with a brass hilltop and canine teeth. Each weathervane is made to order so we can also make this weathervane entirely in copper or we can add an optional circle over the wolf’s head with a copper or brass ring to … [ Read More ]

Turtle Weathervane – Box Turtle

December 19, 2013

This Box Turtle Weather Vane can be made either entirely in copper, or with a copper body and brass shell (or visa versa). We can also add optional gold leafed accents such as those depicted here. With the optional gold leafed accents this weathervane most closely resembles a real box turtle and as the copper … [ Read More ]

Squirrel Weathervane – With Acorn

December 19, 2013

The Squirrel Weather Vane is one of our earliest designs and remains one of our most popular. Because squirrels are often seen up high in trees, running along the tops of fences or along rooflines, a squirrel weather vane seems an ideal candidate for a rooftop setting. Plus, we guarantee our squirrel is quite well … [ Read More ]

Rhinoceros Weathervane

December 19, 2013

Our Rhinoceros Weather Vane is a favorite here at West Coast Weather Vanes. With all the heavy folds in its skin, it is both a challenge and a pleasure to make. The use of taxidermy brown glass eyes with black pupils also helps to give it a realistic look. As with all of our weathervanes, … [ Read More ]

Rabbit Weathervane – Pulling Carrots

December 19, 2013

The Rabbit Weather Vane Pulling Carrots is one of our earliest weathervane designs. As our technical skill has evolved over the past couple of decades, so has this design. We make limited editions of fifty for each vane in each size, but in fact each iteration is unique. Every vane in the series is hand … [ Read More ]

Rabbit Weathervane – Holding Carrots

December 19, 2013

The Rabbit Holding Carrot Weather Vane, as shown here, was made in copper with brass and optional gold leafed accents. The rabbit’s body, the frond-like tops of the carrots and the horizontal tube representing the ground are done in copper. The rabbit’s ears are brass, creating a slight variation in color as the weathervane goes … [ Read More ]

Bear Weathervane – Walking Polar Bear

December 19, 2013

Our Polar Bear Weather Vane, Ursus maritimus, comes gilded and has brown glass eyes with black pupils to give it an animated and lifelike appearance. The gold leaf, normally an option on other weathervanes, is included in the price of this weathervane*. West Coast Weather Vanes offers several different polar bear designs including one showing … [ Read More ]

Moose Weathervane

December 19, 2013

Our Walking Moose Weather Vane, Alces alces, as shown here, is made in copper with brass antlers, although some customers request that we optionally gild the antlers. When gilded, the antlers stay a luminous golden color as the copper weathers a dark chocolate brown. We also use brown glass eyes with black pupils to give … [ Read More ]

Lion Weathervane

December 19, 2013

The Lion Weather Vane, Panthera leo, shown here was fabricated in copper with optional gold leafing on its mane and tail tip. The copper lion will first patina a rich chocolate brown color before eventually turning a beautiful turquoise green. The golden mane and tail will retain their warm yellow color throughout this transition. We … [ Read More ]

Kangaroo Weathervane – With Joey

December 19, 2013

The Kangaroo with Joey Weather Vane shown here was built of copper with an optionally gold leafed joey. We used brown glass eyes with black pupils to give both the kangaroo and the joey a more lifelike appearance. If desired, we can create a more naturalistic environment by adding optional copper or brass grasses to … [ Read More ]

Jackrabbit Weathervane – Leaping

December 19, 2013

This Leaping Jackrabbit Weather Vane, Lepus timidus, is a sleek, stylized interpretation intended to convey speed and beauty. The original inspiration for this design was a small brooch shown to us by one of our first customers. She definitely had an eye for what would make a nice weathervane! After a few modifications from the piece of … [ Read More ]

Hippopotamus Weathervane

December 19, 2013

This Hippopotamus Weather Vane, Hippopotamus amphibius, was created entirely in copper although a popular metal variation has the tusks in brass or with optional gold leaf. We typically give him/her brown glass eyes with black pupils to give it a lifelike appearance but other eye choices are available. In our design, we wanted to capture the … [ Read More ]

Giraffe Weathervane

December 19, 2013

Our Giraffe Weather Vane, Giraffa camelopardalis, is truly one of our most spectacular. The price* includes all the gold leafing necessary to show off its distinctive contrasting markings. When made in the small size (1-foot sculpture piece), the markings are, of necessity, somewhat simplified but when made in the medium, large or extra-large sizes, are … [ Read More ]

Fox Weathervane – With Feather

December 19, 2013

This Fox Weather Vane, Trotting with Feather, Vulpes vulpes, was commissioned by a customer of ours in New Jersey. When viewing a potential property on which to build their home and farm they saw a beautiful vixen fox coming trotting out of the grasses in a field carrying a single feather in her mouth. Seeing … [ Read More ]

Elk Weathervane – Bugling

December 19, 2013

Our Bugling Elk Weather Vane, Cervus canadensis, (also known as a Wapiti Weather Vane) is one of our most popular wild animal designs. The stance of a bugling elk is very distinctive against the skyline; instantly recognizable, even from a distance. The call of a bugling elk is unforgettable and one of the most surprisingly … [ Read More ]

Elephant Weathervane – African

December 19, 2013

The African Elephant Weather Vane shown here, of the genus Loxodonta, is constructed entirely of copper. The customer who originally commissioned this weathervane wanted it depicted simply and without tusks. For those who want them, tusks can be added in either copper or brass at no additional charge. If desired, the tusks can also be … [ Read More ]

Elephant Weathervane – Asian

December 19, 2013

This Asian Elephant Weather Vane, Elephas maximus, is crafted in copper with a brass log and grasses and optional gold leaf tusks. The sculpture piece is a non-mirror image style weathervane (different on each side) in order to replicate the elephant’s natural gait. As with all our weathervanes, variations on this design are possible. Along … [ Read More ]

Dragonfly Weathervane

December 19, 2013

The Dragonfly Weather Vane, Odonata Anisoptera, in this image consists of an all copper dragonfly and arrow with brass reeds and optional gold leafed marsh flowers. A popular option is to add gold leaf to the spots on the dragonfly’s wings. This weather vane can also be made entirely in copper. Our vanes are each … [ Read More ]

Dinosaur Weathervane – Triceratops

December 19, 2013

Our Triceratops Dinosaur Weather Vane is constructed of copper with brass horns. With its classic profile, it is an easily identifiable dinosaur and almost guaranteed to bring a smile or exclamation from any child glimpsing it against the skyline, and perhaps even an adult or two as well. A fairly recent variation we are offering … [ Read More ]

Deer Weathervane – White Tailed

December 19, 2013

This Walking White Tailed Deer Weather Vane, Odocoileus virginianus, is crafted in copper with brass grasses. Other popular options include gilding the deer’s antlers, inner ears, eye rings and facial markings, throat, belly and, of course, the underside of its tail. With time, the copper and brass patina a deep chocolate brown. Any optional gold … [ Read More ]

Coyote Howling Weathervane – V1

December 19, 2013

This Howling Coyote with Moon Ring Weather Vane, Canis latrans, is crafted entirely in copper. Other options include a brass or optional gold leafed moon ring and/or arrow tip and fletching. We often add brass accents to this design, creating stylistic unity with the directionals below the sculpture piece. Some customers have preferred this coyote weathervane without … [ Read More ]

Coyote Weathervane – Crescent Moon

December 19, 2013

This Coyote Howling with Crescent Moon Weather Vane, Canis latrans, is one of many variations of Coyote weathervanes we offer. As shown here, we’ve added an American Indian arrow head tip with feathered fletching. We’ve also added an optional gold leafed crescent moon to the design. In another version of this weathervane we offer a … [ Read More ]

Cougar Weathervane – Prowling

December 19, 2013

Our Hunting Cougar Weather Vane, Puma concolor, was originally commissioned by a couple we met at a show here in California. They were building a new home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and wanted this panther inspired weathervane to be the finishing touch that greeted visitors as they drove up the driveway. Since then we … [ Read More ]

Camel Weathervane

December 19, 2013

This Camel Weather Vane, Camelid dromedarius is based on the single-humped dromedary, and was originally commissioned as a birthday gift. It is typically fabricated entirely in copper and can be made with a simple horizontal tube to represent the ground (as shown here) or we can add an optional half arrow tip and fletching if … [ Read More ]

Butterfly Weathervane – Monarch

December 19, 2013

The Monarch Butterfly Weather Vane, Danaus plexippus, shown here in copper, with optional gold leafed accents, is perched on an arrow to indicate wind direction. Depending on customer preference, we can also include optional palladium leafed accents, if desired. This Monarch was designed to be mounted on a Nantucket Island home often in the path … [ Read More ]

Bobcat Weathervane – Walking

December 19, 2013

With this Bobcat Weather Vane, Lynx rufus, we wanted to capture the graceful yet powerful appearance of one of North America’s most beautiful wild cats. As shown here, we have added optional gold leafed markings on its face, belly and tail. If you look closely, you can see that we roughened the surface of the … [ Read More ]

Buffalo Weathervane – Standing

December 19, 2013

Our Buffalo Weather Vane, that some refer to as Bison, is crafted of copper with optional gold leafed horns. He stands on an American Indian style arrow and has brown glass eyes with black pupils to give him a more realistic appearance. Note the difference in the texturing and shaping techniques between the front and back … [ Read More ]

Sheep Weathervane – Bighorn Charging

December 19, 2013

The Charging Bighorn Sheep Weather Vane, Ovis canadensis, is especially spectacular when seen silhouetted against the skyline. With its powerful body, unique curved horns and dramatic pose, we have attempted to capture the beauty of this iconic symbol of the mountain west. As shown here, we added optional gold leaf to the ram’s horns, rump … [ Read More ]

Beaver Weathervane

December 19, 2013

This Beaver Weather Vane, Castor canadensis, native to North America, comes with a nicely textured copper fur coat and is pictured perched on a birch log. The log can be made either of copper or brass (the price is the same either way). The Beaver comes with brown glass eyes, which lends it animated and … [ Read More ]

Bear Weathervane – Grizzly Bear

December 18, 2013

This Grizzly Weather Vane, Ursus arctos horribilis, was crafted from hand hammered and hand shaped copper; it has brown glass eyes with black pupils to give it a more animated appearance. All the ‘fur’ of the bear’s coat was created by hundreds upon hundreds of individually positioned hammer blows. We designed a custom hammer for … [ Read More ]

Bear Weathervane – With Bunny

December 18, 2013

This Bear with Bunny Weathervane was created in copper with brass berry leaves and optional gold leafed bunny. This whimsical weathervane design was commissioned by a couple whose nicknames were ‘Bear’ and ‘Bunny’. They wanted a realistic looking weathervane that was compatible with their personas and had a friendly feel to it. The berries symbolically … [ Read More ]

Bat Weathervane – Hanging

December 18, 2013

Our customer for this Hanging Bat Weathervane, was inspired when he saw our Bat Family Weather Vane which had been commissioned by a family with two children. He ordered his single bat in the small (one-foot sculpture piece) size and mounted it on his deck railing. This kind of personalizing from an existing design is something we … [ Read More ]

Stagecoach Weathervane

December 11, 2013

This Stagecoach Weather Vane is an all time favorite weathervane project here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We were approached by a customer whose family owned land near the Butterfield Overland Mail Stagecoach Company’s route through Southern California. He was interested in having a scaled down replica of a Concord Stagecoach made, complete with drivers … [ Read More ]

Boat Weathervane – Fisherman & Dory

December 11, 2013

This Fisherman & Dory Weather Vane shows a lovely mix of metals. The dory and the rower’s rain gear are copper. The oar blades and rower’s face and hands are of brass. The boat’s name is in gold leaf, and is included in the price of the weathervane. Because our vanes are made to order, … [ Read More ]

Tractor Weathervane – Silhouette Style

December 11, 2013

Our Tractor weathervane was originally commissioned as a Christmas gift by a wife for her husband who is a big Tractor Pulling aficionado. It is crafted in the silhouette style and consists of two layers of copper soldered together for strength. We used optional nickel silver and palladium leaf to create the silver colored sections. … [ Read More ]

Car Weathervane – Mercedes 300 SL Roadster – Silhouette

December 11, 2013

This silhouette (single sheet) 1957 300 SL Mercedes Roadster was commissioned as a seventh wedding anniversary gift (the copper anniversary) for the husband; a car enthusiast and collector. This wife had been inspired to order a weathervane after discovering the fully 3-D Mercedes weathervane on our website. We were able to modify the original design … [ Read More ]

Bicycle Weathervane – Tandem

December 11, 2013

Our Tandem Bicycle Weather Vane was commissioned by a cycling couple who wanted to commemorate their favorite mutual sport. We constructed this weathervane in a combination of copper and brass. We also offer it with optional nickel silver and/or palladium or gold leaf. Adding contrasting metals increases visual interest as the weathervane moves through the … [ Read More ]

Train Weathervane – 3D

December 11, 2013

This Steam Locomotive Train with Tender Car Weather Vane was originally commissioned by the staff of Illinois Central Railways as a retirement gift for their much appreciated outgoing CEO. They were able to provide us with the schematics for this train, which were very helpful in the fabrication process. The lantern in the front has … [ Read More ]

Dive Boat Weathervane

December 11, 2013

Our Dive Boat Weather Vane is modeled after an actual dive boat berthed in Santa Barbara harbor. It was commissioned in the large size (approximately 3-foot sculpture piece) which enabled us to incorporate many details into the design. The customers who placed this order are passionate scuba divers. Not only did they order the Dive … [ Read More ]

Bicycle Weathervane – Schwinn

December 11, 2013

Our 1918 Schwinn Bicycle Weather Vane is an homage to a slower pace of life. The first version of this weathervane was commissioned as a Christmas present by a dad for his son, who happened to live next door. The son had spent several years sourcing the parts for and rebuilding a 1918 Schwinn Bicycle … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Whaling Ship Charles Morgan

December 11, 2013

The Charles Morgan Whaling Ship Weathervane was originally commissioned by some customers whose home overlooks Mystic Seaport where the real Charles Morgan resides. Their weathervane was crafted with a copper hull, masts and rigging. We can also apply optional gold leaf to the sails. Gold leafed lettering on the ship’s stern is included in the … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Viking Ship

December 11, 2013

The Viking Ship Weather Vane shown here was constructed in copper with optional gold leafed accents on the dragon head prow, sail, shields and wind indicator at the top of the mast. We have also made versions of this viking ship with optional alternating gold or palladium leaf striping on the sails. In the larger … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Traditional

December 11, 2013

The Traditional Sailboat Weather Vane shown here is a simple but instantly recognizable example of a classic sailboat weathervane. This one has brass sails, pennants, cabin and rudder. The masts, boom and hull were crafted in copper. Another popular metal choice is to make the boat all copper and, if desired, optional gold leaf. Some … [ Read More ]

Sailboat Weathervane – Gaff Rigged Yawl

December 11, 2013

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 ]

Hot Air Balloon Weathervane

December 11, 2013

With more than two decades of weathervane making under our belts, we have heard lots of wonderful stories about why customers select a particular weathervane design to display at their home or business. One of our favorite stories involves this Hot Air Balloon Weather Vane design. It was commissioned by a woman who is terrified … [ Read More ]

Helicopter Weathervane – Sikorsky UH-34D

December 11, 2013

Our Sikorsky UH-34D Weather Vane was first commissioned as a birthday gift by the family of a man who flew a Sikorsky Helicopter while serving in Viet Nam. In addition to gold leafing the helicopter’s call number on the aircraft (included in the price of the weathervane) they selected optional gold leafing to detail some … [ Read More ]

Helicopter Weathervane – MD 500E

December 11, 2013

Our first MD-500E Helicopter Weather Vane was made as a birthday present for a husband who commuted to work via helicopter from an island off the coast of Maine. Included in the price of the weathervane is the gold leafed N number of his helicopter. We have since made variations on this design to go … [ Read More ]

Helicopter Weathervane – Bell Jet

December 11, 2013

Our Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter Weather Vane was originally commissioned as a surprise birthday present for a helicopter pilot by his wife and parents. The couple had just built a beautiful new 4 bay barn with a cupola and wanted to put a weathervane with personal meaning on top of it. They provided us a … [ Read More ]

Bulldozer Weathervane

December 11, 2013

Our fully 3-D  Bulldozer Weather Vane was commissioned as a 40th birthday surprise for the husband of a very thoughtful woman. He had just finished building a bulldozer barn for his ‘baby’ and had mentioned that he wanted to put something really special on top of it. One morning, after contacting us about the project, … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane – Porsche 356 – Silhouette

December 11, 2013

Our Porsche 356 Speedster Weather Vane is a classic basic silhouette style weathervane. It is made entirely of medium gage copper and we have used solder to delineate the door, windshield, convertible top, wheels, head and tailings and bumpers. The hubcaps are actually copper pennies, part of a ‘good luck’ tradition in weathervane making that … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane – Porsche Carrera 911 – Silhouette

December 11, 2013

The Porsche Carrera Weathervane shown here was originally commissioned in 2008 by a customer in Tennessee. He was building a new four car garage, affectionately dubbed ‘Garaj Mahal’ with a 42” square cupola on top. He ordered his weathervane  in the medium size (two-foot sculpture piece) to complement the scale of the building. He also … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane – MG Sports Car – 3D

December 10, 2013

The fully 3-D MG Weather Vane Sports Car shown here was made for a customer in the Monterey Bay Area of California. It was made in the large size (3-foot sculpture piece) and mounted on top of a barn storing the customer’s collection of antique cars. Per the customer’s preference, it was crafted in copper … [ Read More ]

Automobile Weathervane – Mercedes – 3D

December 10, 2013

This fully Three Dimensional, 1957 300-SL Mercedes Weathervane began as a very special commission for an avid car collector in Napa, California. It took close to three months to build and is one of the premier weathervanes to come out of our studio. Thomas, our shop master, pioneered a number of new techniques in its … [ Read More ]

Car Weathervane – 2001 Corvette Silhouette

December 10, 2013

This classic 2001 Corvette Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a customer to go on top a new garage being built to house his prized car collection near Palm Springs, California. He chose to have his vane constructed of copper with nickel silver and optional gold leafed accents. Our customers are welcome to choose metal … [ Read More ]

Car Weathervane – Camaro Silhouette

December 10, 2013

Silhouette style automobile weathervanes are a popular option here at West Coast Weather Vanes and this classic 1969 Camaro Weathervane is no exception. As shown here it was crafted in copper and nickel silver with optional gold and palladium leaf. By layering the copper over the nickel silver, we are able to increase its strength … [ Read More ]

Airplane Weathervane – Cessna Cardinal

December 10, 2013

Our Cessna Cardinal Airplane Weather Vane was originally commissioned as a surprise birthday present. From photos sent to us by our customer it was personalized to match the markings of the recipients personal aircraft. This weathervane was mounted on a tree stump where it can be seen from both inside the house and while out … [ Read More ]

Airplane Weathervane – Beechcraft Staggerwing

December 10, 2013

What better place to see an airplane weathervane than silhouetted against the skyline? The Beechcraft Staggerwing Airplane Weather Vane has a readily identifiable profile, the two wings giving it a dramatic appearance when viewed from the ground. As with all our weather vanes the Staggerwing can be made entirely out of copper, with optional brass … [ Read More ]

Airplane Weathervane – Beechcraft Bonanza

December 10, 2013

This Beechcraft Bonanza Weather Vane was one of the first custom airplane weathervanes created here at West Coast Weather Vanes. Included in the price is a gold leafed N number and your choice of a turning or stationary propeller. Many of our airplane weathervanes are made as gifts and the always bright gold N number … [ Read More ]

Hummingbird Weathervane – Anna’s

December 4, 2013

The Anna’s Hummingbird Weather Vane, Calypte anna, shown here was crafted in copper and brass, with custom-made translucent, blue glass eyes to give it a more lifelike and animated appearance.. When ordering, customers can also choose to gild their hummingbird with optional gold leaf for a more dramatic effect. If you have questions, we are … [ Read More ]

Owl Weathervane – Snowy Owl

December 4, 2013

The Snowy Owl Weather Vane, Bubo scandiacus, is one of our most spectacular sculpture pieces. To truly capture the effect of the bird’s distinctive white color, we’ve added optional gold leaf to the owl’s entire body. Per our customer’s request, this Snowy Owl Weathervane design was transformed into a wall hanging. Because each sculpture piece … [ Read More ]

Peacock Weathervane – Standing

December 4, 2013

The copper Standing Peacock Weather Vane shown here was made with optional gold leaf on the arrow tip, as well as on its comb, beak, legs and around each glass jewel in its tail. Because we make each weather vane to order you can choose the colors of the glass jewels in the tail of … [ Read More ]

Pheasant Weathervane – In Flight

December 4, 2013

The Flushing Pheasant Weather Vane offers a variation on our Pheasant Weathervane with Feather. In this version you see the pheasant’s wings fully spread and its beautiful long tail feathers. For metal combination, this weathervane can be constructed entirely in copper or, as is often the case, it can be ordered with optional gold leaf. … [ Read More ]

Goose Weathervane – Canada Goose Sentinel Pose

December 4, 2013

This Canada Goose Weather Vane, Branta canadensis, shows a standing male goose in the classic sentinel pose, on alert for predators. The customer who originally commissioned this Canada Goose weathervane requested this particular stance. They put their ‘Sentinel’ on top of their home to oversee and protect the ‘flock’ residing within. This is a classic … [ Read More ]

Turkey Weathervane – Wild Standing

December 4, 2013

The Wild Turkey Weather Vane, Meleagris gallopavo, continues to be a popular design here at West Coast Weather Vanes. There are a number of ways we can vary this weathervane to suit our customer’s preferences: with metal choices of all copper, a combination of copper and brass, or copper and optional gold leaf. The turkey … [ Read More ]

Seagull Weathervane – Soaring Seagull

December 4, 2013

The Soaring Seagull Weather Vane shown here was crafted in copper and brass, with optional gold leafing on its beak and the crests of the waves. The customer who originally commissioned this design lived near Mexico City and wanted the bird to be sleek and stylized rather than naturalistic in appearance. The ‘waves’ act as … [ Read More ]

Swan Weathervane – Floating

December 4, 2013

Our Gliding Swan Weather Vane, Cygnus, has a beautiful profile against the skyline. The elegant curve of its neck silhouetted against a blue sky makes this weathervane immediately identifiable as a swan. You will notice that each wing consists of three separate panels, meaning there are a total of six individual wing panels required for … [ Read More ]

Egret Weathervane – Flying Snowy Egret

December 4, 2013

This Snowy Egret Weather Vane, Egretta thula, was our first large bird design. It is very similar to our Flying Great Blue Heron Weathervane; the main difference is the addition of the Heron’s plume. If you look closely at the photo you will notice that each wing consists of three separate panels. There are a … [ Read More ]

Rooster Weathervane – Traditional

December 4, 2013

The design for this Traditional Rooster Weather Vane, Gallus gallus domestics, was originally commissioned by a lady who wanted a more classic folk art style rooster weathervane. It remains a sentimental favorite. It has simpler features and details than our more realistic looking rooster vanes. The Traditional Rooster vane shown here was made with optional … [ Read More ]

Rooster Weathervane – Chanticleer, Head Facing Back

December 4, 2013

The Chanticleer Rooster Looking Back Weather Vane, Gallus gallus domestics, featured here was crafted in copper and brass with optional gold leafed accents. The rooster’s comb, beak and tail feathers are brass and we gilded the his neck ruff and legs. We have constructed this rooster with red eyes and yellow eyes, depending on our customer’s … [ Read More ]

Rooster Weathervane – Chanticleer – Head Facing Forward

December 4, 2013

This Chanticleer Rooster with Head facing Forward Weather Vane, Gallus gallus domestics, was crafted in copper with optional gold leafed accents. On this particular weathervane we gilded the beak, comb, neck ruff, tail feathers and legs. We have made this rooster with red glass eyes and yellow eyes, depending on our customer’s preferences. This is … [ Read More ]

Robin Weathervane Feeding Chicks

December 4, 2013

The Robin Feeding Chicks Weather Vane, Turdus migratorius, is one of my all time favorite designs. I have my own version of this vane in the small size (one-foot ~30cm sculpture piece) sitting on my desk so I can enjoy it every day. Because it features a baby chick on each directional, when placed outside, … [ Read More ]

Roadrunner Weathervane

December 4, 2013

The Roadrunner Weather Vane, Geococcyx californianus, is one of our earliest designs. Some of the first art shows we did were in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. As one would expect, the roadrunner weathervane is a very popular design in the desert areas of the American Southwest. It is also a popular logo for many sports … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Traditional with Feather

December 4, 2013

With our Traditional Quail Weathervane on Feather, Coturnix coturnix, we have created a folk art variation of our more realistic standard quail weathervanes. It is depicted here on a feather but we have also made a variation where we substitute an arrow in place of the feather. We often use optional gold leaf to accent … [ Read More ]

Quail Weathervane – Parent with Three Chicks

December 4, 2013

In the Quail Weather Vane with 3 Chicks, Coturnix coturnix, the 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 … [ Read More ]