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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 ]

Quail Weathervane – with Arrow

December 4, 2013

The Male Quail Weather Vane on Arrow, Coturnix coturnix, is another one of our popular designs. This quail can be used to represent either a California Quail or a Gambels Quail, depending on which bird is native to your area. We designed the arrow to include a Native American arrowhead and fletching to complement this … [ Read More ]

Puffin Weathervane With Frog

December 4, 2013

Our Frog, Amphibian anura, and Horned Puffin, Fratercula corniculata, Weather Vane was one of our more challenging commissions. It was ordered by a couple whose affectionate nicknames for each other are ‘Puffin’ and ‘Frog’. They wanted the Puffin as realistic as possible but the frog with a more whimsical nature. We decided to depict them … [ Read More ]

Pheasant Weathervane with Feather

December 4, 2013

This Pheasant Weather Vane, Phasianus colchicus, depicts a pheasant startled into flight. As an option the beak, facial markings, neck ring and feet can be gilded to create a nice contrast with the copper body. The curved feather is actually based on a real pheasant’s feather. For the vane pictured we used optional brass to … [ Read More ]

Penguin & Emperor Penguin with Chick Weathervane

December 4, 2013

The King Penguin Weather Vane, Aptenodytes patagonicus, can be made one of two ways. We can make a single adult penguin (as shown here) or we can make a parent penguin with a chick standing in front of it. If you order the single adult penguin, it will be larger than it would be in … [ Read More ]

Pelican Weathervane – Soaring

December 4, 2013

This iconic Soaring Pelican Weather Vane, Pelecanus, shows a pelican soaring just over the waves that appear along the coastlines they frequent. As an option, the Soaring Pelican Weathervane may be ordered with an optional fish in its beak. The fish can be either nickel silver, palladium leaf, copper or brass. The waves have been … [ Read More ]

Pelican Weathervane – Landing

December 4, 2013

This Landing Pelican Weather Vane, Pelecanus, has a fish in its beak. Depending on your preference, it may be ordered with or without the fish. If added, the fish can be either nickel silver, copper, or optionally gold leafed. The glass eyes are selected at the time of your order, from our many options. Pelican … [ Read More ]

Owl Weathervane – Great Horned Sitting

December 4, 2013

The Sitting Great Horned Owl Weathervane, Bubo virginianus, was our first owl weathervane design. In 1995 it was commissioned by a couple in San Francisco. We have since crafted Horned Owl Weathervanes for customers all over the country. There is even one now spinning for a client in South Africa! This sculpture piece is fabricated in copper, … [ Read More ]

Osprey Weathervane

December 4, 2013

The Osprey Weather Vane Hunting Fish, Pandion haliaetus, also known as the ‘fish eagle’ is shown here doing what an osprey does best. Also known as ‘the sea hawk’, ospreys are diurnal fish-eating birds of prey. In this version, we used a horizontal copper tube to represent the water, with the fish swimming just below … [ Read More ]

Hummingbird Weathervane – Hovering with Flowers

December 4, 2013

The Hummingbird with Flowers Weather Vane, Trochilidae, featured here was originally commissioned by a woman whose passions were cymbidium orchids and bird watching. We were able to combine both of her loves into one weathervane. As shown, we’ve added optional gold leaf to the flower blossoms, arrow tip, the hummingbird’s wings and tail. We also … [ Read More ]

Heron Weathervane – With Nest

December 4, 2013

The Great Blue Heron Weather Vane with Nest, Ardea herodias, featured here is a variation on our Flying Great Blue Heron Weathervane. This weathervane depicts the heron building its nest. Popular ways to make this weathervane are entirely in copper, in a combination of copper and brass or adding optional gold leaf to the heron’s … [ Read More ]

Heron Weathervane – Flying

December 4, 2013

The Flying Great Blue Heron Weathervane, Ardea herodias, featured in this photo shows the bird with fully extended wings. The wings are comprised of three separate layers of copper creating a beautiful shadowing and providing structural strength. The heron weathervane shown here has optional gold leaf on the beak and legs. As the copper patinas … [ Read More ]

Chicken Weathervane – Mother Hen With Chicks

December 4, 2013

This Hen with Chicks Weather Vane design is a new favorite here at West Coast Weather Vanes. We love the picture of the mother hen marching proudly ahead of her two chicks while a clutch of eggs, optionally gold-leafed, balance atop each directional (north, south, east and west). We often add optional gold leaf to … [ Read More ]

Hawk Weathervane – Red Tailed

December 4, 2013

This Red Tailed Hawk Weather Vane, Buteo jamaicensis, catches the wind and appears to be soaring overhead. For this reason, this is one of the few designs we offer that is almost always displayed in a prominent position where you can look up and see it silhouetted against the sky, although you could certainly display … [ Read More ]

Hawk Weathervane – Red Shouldered Flying

December 4, 2013

Our Red Shouldered Hawk Weather Vane, Buteo lineatus, is actually quite similar to our Red Tailed Hawk Weathervane. The primary difference between the two is their markings. The Red Shouldered Hawk has very distinctive banded markings on its wings and tail which are seen when it is soaring. These markings are depicted on this weather … [ Read More ]

Goose Weathervane – Running

December 4, 2013

This Running Goose Weathervane is a whimsical counterpoint to our more realistic Canadian Geese weather vane designs. As depicted here, we made the body out of copper with brass beak and legs. A popular option is to craft it entirely out of copper or to add optional gold leaf to the bird’s beak and legs. … [ Read More ]

Goose Weathervane – Canada Goose Flying

December 4, 2013

This Flying Canada Goose Weather Vane, Branta canadensis, is a perfect candidate for display on a roof peak or cupola. Who has not looked up and witnessed the memorable sight of hundreds of these intrepid birds in V formation against the deep blue sky of fall or spring? On the Canadian Goose weathervane shown here, … [ Read More ]

Flamingo Weathervane

December 4, 2013

The Flamingo Weather Vane, Phoenicopterus ruber, featured in this photo was made with a variety of metals.  The body is copper, optional gold leafed beak and legs and an optional nickel silver wing accent. Because we handcraft each weathervane to individual order, we can also make the flamingo entirely in copper or in a combination of … [ Read More ]

Feather Weathervane – Eagle

December 4, 2013

The Eagle Feather Weather Vane depicted here is one of several feather weathervanes offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. This eagle feather was fabricated entirely out of copper. A popular option is the addition of optional gold leaf to the tip of the feather to mimic the coloration seen in certain eagle feathers. Adding … [ Read More ]

Feather Weathervane – Curved

December 4, 2013

This Curved Feather Weather Vane is one of several feather vanes offered by West Coast Weather Vanes. The simple shape of a curved feather presents an elegant profile against the skyline. The feather weathervane shown here represents a ‘generic’ feather. If you have a favorite bird we can personalize this weather vane for you showcasing a … [ Read More ]

Bald Eagle Weathervane – Hunting

December 4, 2013

The Bald Eagle Weathervane (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Hunting for Fish featured here captures the drama of these magnificent birds of prey in action. When optional gold leafing is added to the head, tail, talons and specklesd markings to the fish, the effect is quite spectacular. This is particularly true once the copper has weathered a deep chocolate brown … [ Read More ]

Bobwhite Quail Weathervane

December 4, 2013

The Northern Bobwhite Weather Vane, Colinus virginianus, Male on Arrow, features a copper Bobwhite with custom brown glass eyes with black pupils. In the image shown here, we have added optional gold leaf to the Bobwhite’s facial markings and feet. As the copper weathers a deep chocolate brown, the contrast with the lighter gold leaf … [ Read More ]

Eagle Weathervane – Flying

December 4, 2013

A popular design, the Flying Bald Eagle Weather Vane, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is indicative of our national bird as well as a popular mascot for many sports teams. As with many of our bird weathervanes, we have added custom made yellow glass eyes with black pupils which, along with its furrowed brow and fierce expression, give … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Shorthair Resting with Butterfly

November 10, 2013

Our Cat Weather Vane with Butterfly captures a gentle, contemplative cat, peacefully observing a delicate butterfly perched atop a cat tail plant. We intentionally placed the butterfly on top of the cat tail for its fun little play on words. As you can probably imagine, this is a popular weathervane for garden settings. We also … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Angel With Halo

October 21, 2013

Our Angel Dog Weathervane was originally commissioned by a customer who kept dogs all her life and wanted something to remember all of them by. Because she had loved many different breeds of dogs over the years she did not want a specific dog breed for her weathervane, but one that was representative of dogs … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Flying

October 21, 2013

This Angel in Flight Weather Vane was handmade from copper and brass, with optional gold leaf accents on the face, arms, wings and feet. This is one of our most energetic angels; speeding along with trumpet blaring and hair flowing out behind her. Each wing consists of two separate panels comprised of numerous individual chased … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Kneeling with Bird

October 21, 2013

This Kneeling Angel Weather Vane is one of our newest angel designs. She is meant to depict a gentle protector who watches creatures great and small. Here, in the spirit of St. Francis, she befriends a small bird. In another version of this design, the Angel’s hand is raised in the symbol of blessing. The … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – On The Moon

October 21, 2013

Our Angel Sitting on the Moon Weather Vane is depicted gently raising her trumpet as she gazes into the distance. As shown here, she was crafted with optional gold leaf accents on her face, arms, and feet as well as the moon. As an option, we can also use optional silver colored palladium leaf on … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Sitting

October 21, 2013

Our first angel weathervane design, this Angel in Repose Weather Vane is still one of our favorites. You may notice a similarity between this angel and our Angel on the Moon Weathervane. One of our customers asked if we could put the angel from this weather vane design onto a moon. We thought it was … [ Read More ]

Angel Weathervane – Triumphant

October 21, 2013

Our Triumphant Angel Weather Vane was inspired by a late 19th century molded copper weathervane. While we have reinterpreted it for a West Coast Weather Vane feel, it maintains a classic resemblance. She is a relatively new design and has a beautiful profile against the skyline. As depicted here, we added optional gold leaf to the … [ Read More ]

Centaur Weathervane – Galloping

October 21, 2013

This Galloping Centaur Weather Vane showcases one of the most beloved figures from Greek Mythology. The customers who commissioned this weather vane had seen a 19th Century variation on this theme at the American Folk Art Museum of New York and wanted a similar weather vane for their home. We’ve revised the original molded design by A.L. … [ Read More ]

Centaur Weathervane – Standing

October 21, 2013

This Standing Centaur Weather Vane is a recent design in our Greek Mythology series. This series includes Zeus, Poseidon, Nike (Winged Victory), Pegasus and Goddess weather vanes. We presented two Centaur Weather Vane designs to our customer. She had seen a famous 19th century Centaur Weathervane in a museum and wanted one for herself.  This customer ultimately went with … [ Read More ]

Cheshire Cat Weathervane – Resting on Branch

October 21, 2013

Here is our version of the famous fictional Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  In the book, the Cheshire Cat is fond of sitting in a tree, so we placed our Cheshire Cat on a tree bough. At one point in the story, the cat disappears gradually until nothing is left but … [ Read More ]

Dragon Weathervane – Fire Breathing

October 21, 2013

Our Dragon Weathervanes are among our most spectacular weathervane offerings. This copper Fire Breathing Dragon Weather Vane has translucent red glass eyes, although we have also made green-eyed dragons, blue-eyed dragons and emerald-eyed dragons. The flames featured in this particular weather vane are made of alternating sheets of copper and brass. For the horns, teeth, … [ Read More ]

Dragon Weathervane – Web Winged

October 21, 2013

The Web Winged Dragon Weathervane is one of our favorite designs. In fact, we have a medium sized Web Winged Dragon weathervane in our personal collection and often proudly display it in our living room. I love the way the tail wraps sinuously around the mounting tube below the rocky crag on which the dragon … [ Read More ]

Flying Saucer Weathervane – UFO

October 21, 2013

The Flying Saucer Weather Vane shown in this photo, inspired in part by the ‘aliens’ from Area 51, was crafted in copper with optional gold leaf accents on the aliens, their flying saucer and the UFO beam. We incorporated a piece of red glass to create the beam used to transport the aliens to and … [ Read More ]

Gargoyle Weathervane

October 21, 2013

The Gargoyle Weather Vane is another favorite here at West Coast Weather Vanes. It is particularly endearing in the small (one-foot sculpture size) although the large and extra-large sizes (three-foot or four-foot sculpture piece) tend to look quite spectacular perched atop a turret or cupola. We’ve even had customers train spotlights onto their gargoyle weather … [ Read More ]

Moon Goddess Weathervane – Sitting

October 21, 2013

The Moon Goddess is our first weathervane design that featured the human figure and to this day, she remains one of our most popular designs. Because we craft each weathervane to individual order, we can personalize this weathervane in several ways. Most of our customers choose optional gold leaf on the moon goddess’s face, arms, … [ Read More ]

Godzilla Weathervane

October 21, 2013

We had a lot of fun working on this Godzilla weathervane project. It was originally commissioned by a big fan of this renowned mutant monster. His Godzilla weather vane was mounted atop a cupola on a new barn he was building. Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira?) is a daikaijū, a fictional Japanese giant monster. We designed our … [ Read More ]

Griffin Weathervane

October 21, 2013

We crafted this Griffin Weather Vane in copper with optional gold leaf accents on its crest, beak, talons, claws and the edges of its wings. Also possible is the addition of optional gilding to the arrow tip and fletching. Mounted outdoors, the copper will weather to a deep chocolate brown color allowing the gold leafed … [ Read More ]

Kokopelli Weathervane

October 21, 2013

This Kokopele Weather Vane (aka Kokopelli Weather Vane) is based on an ancient mythic being associated with indigenous peoples of the Southwestern United States. Primarily known as a fertility god, Kokopele was originally depicted with a large phallus although the version depicted here focuses on his other aspect, as a trickster god associated with music. … [ Read More ]

Lion Rampant Weathervane

October 21, 2013

Our Lion Rampant Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a lady from Scotland who had a passion for heraldry. Often referred to as the ‘king of beasts’, the lion rampant is a powerful image which traditionally symbolizes bravery, valor, strength, and royalty. In the rampant position, the body of the lion is roughly vertical, forepaws … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Jumping The Moon

October 18, 2013

This Cow Jumping Over the Moon Weather Vane is a favorite in our Story Book series. The original design was commissioned by a mother with two young children. Each child was allowed to pick their favorite storybook character. The other selection was a Mary Poppins Weather Vane. The children’s two weathervanes sit on dormer windows … [ Read More ]

Noah’s Ark Weathervane – All Animals

October 18, 2013

West Coast Weather Vanes offers several versions of this Noah’s Ark Weather Vane. The original (shown here) was commissioned by a couple in Oregon whose seven year old son’s name is Noah. Their son selected the animals he wanted to see loading onto the Ark. We also put an inscription on their weathervane that said … [ Read More ]

Goddess Weathervane – Nike

October 18, 2013

The Winged Victory Weathervane featured here was one of our more complicated commissions. Our customer wanted a completed version of the famous marble sculpture of Nike in Paris’ Louvre Museum. Quite a challenge considering that the original sculpture is currently missing her arms and head! It was a rather daunting prospect to add such important … [ Read More ]

Moby Dick Weathervane

October 18, 2013

This Moby Dick Weather Vane with Captain Ahab consists of a copper Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus, with optional gold leaf applied to the splashing waves. Perched on top of Moby Dick is Ahab, with a harpoon in hand and deadly line coiled round his peg leg. We also used optional gold leaf on Ahab’s face, … [ Read More ]

Mermaid Weathervane – Wavy Tail

October 18, 2013

Our Mermaid with Wavy Tail Weather Vane is one of our most popular mermaid designs.  She is available in all copper or a combination of copper and brass. The mermaid weathervane shown here was handcrafted with optional gold leaf on her hair and lower torso. As the copper patinas a deep chocolate brown color the … [ Read More ]

Mermaid Weathervane – Moon

October 18, 2013

Our Mermaid Weather Vane with Moon can be constructed in all copper or a combination of copper and brass. In the weathervane pictured, we added a number of optional gold leafed accents to create a striking contrast between the weathered copper and luminous gold leaf. Mermaid weather vanes are popular designs, especially for homes along … [ Read More ]

Mermaid Weathervane – With Clamshell

October 18, 2013

The Mermaid with Clamshell Weather Vane is one of our earliest mermaid designs. She can be fabricated in copper or a combination of copper and brass. Pictured here, she has optional gold leaf applied to her hair, the fish portion of her body and the clamshell. Other options would be to gold-leaf her upper torso … [ Read More ]

Mary Poppins Weathervane

October 18, 2013

This handmade copper Mary Poppins Weathervane was originally commissioned by a family with two spectacular sites for weather vanes on the gables above their children’s bedrooms on the home they were building. As a family they selected character weathervanes based on the children’s favorite stories; Mary of Mary Poppins and our Witch With Cat Weathervane, loosely based on the Wicked … [ Read More ]

Old Woman’s Shoe Weathervane

October 18, 2013

This Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Weather Vane is part of our storybook series. It has been a particularly popular weathervane with daycare centers and preschools. We often stamp the name of the facility in small letters onto the weathervane enabling it to be written off as an advertising expense. One child care … [ Read More ]

Pegasus Weathervane

October 18, 2013

The Pegasus Weather Vane is a popular early design crafted in all copper or in a combination of copper and brass. We can also add optional gold or palladium leaf to his mane, wings and tail.  Each customer can select from different colored translucent jewels for his glass eyes. As shown here, he was made … [ Read More ]

Phoenix Weathervane

October 18, 2013

The Phoenix Weathervane was commissioned originally by a couple who were among many who tragically lost their homes to a fire in the hills above the San Francisco Bay. Fortunately, they had a good insurance policy and were able to rebuild the home of their dreams. They chose a phoenix rising to represent their recovery … [ Read More ]

Spaceship Weathervane – Starship

October 18, 2013

For those of us who love Space, the final frontier, what could be better than a starship on the roof? The inspiration for this Spaceship Weathervane came from a mother and her two sons who commissioned this copper sculpture piece in celebration of her husband’s 40th birthday. He had just finished building a wooden gazebo … [ Read More ]

St George & Dragon Weathervane

October 18, 2013

Our St. George and the Dragon Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a Yugoslavian man as a gift for his brother in Florida. Their family’s patron saint is St. George. At the time, it represented the most ambitious and challenging design we had yet undertaken. Even though it was a large (3-foot) weathervane, the knight on … [ Read More ]

St. Michael & Dragon Weathervane

October 18, 2013

This St Michael and the Dragon Weathervane design was commissioned by a couple who had seen our St. George and the Dragon Weathervane. The wife was an Art Historian, and it was a pleasure to work up the design and research the iconography for this particular angel with her. As the Chief Commander of the … [ Read More ]

Star Maiden Weathervane

October 18, 2013

The Star Maiden Weather Vane is very special and it is my very favorite of our weather vane designs. It was commissioned by a wonderful man who came up to our studio to discuss his ideas. This, in and of itself, is a rarity as we hardly ever get a chance to meet our customers … [ Read More ]

Stork & Baby Weathervane – Standing

October 18, 2013

Our Stork with Baby Weathervane has served many purposes for many customers around the world, but the unifying thread is, of course, babies. We have made Stork and Baby Weathervanes for maternity centers, obstetricians, and midwives — fulfilling a centuries old tradition of using weathervanes to advertise or celebrate one’s profession. For customers who live … [ Read More ]

Sun Weathervane With Clouds (Fierce or Friendly)

October 18, 2013

Our fiery Sun and Clouds Weathervane is one of our earliest designs. We live and work along the California coastline where a mixture of sun and fog is part of our daily life. Along with sea otters, for which our area is also known, it seemed fitting to design some weathervanes celebrating this vibrant part … [ Read More ]

Unicorn Weathervane – Rearing

October 18, 2013

Our Unicorn Weathervane is especially popular with people who love horses and collectors of unicorns. A number of our equestrian customers select the Unicorn Weather Vane because they love and raise multiple breeds of horses and do not want to single out and showcase any one specifically. Our Pegasus Weathervane is also a popular choice … [ Read More ]

Witch Weathervane – With Cat

October 18, 2013

One of our favorite stories about this Witch with Cat Weathervane concerns a commission we received from a woman whose birthday falls on October 31st. Obviously, Halloween is a big day in her life! She was re-roofing her house and had the perfect turret on which to display her new weathervane. The roofers installed spot … [ Read More ]

Zeus Weathervane

October 18, 2013

Our Zeus Weathervane is one of my personal favorites. Someday, I hope to have the time to make one of these weathervanes for our personal collection. It was originally commissioned by a customer from Massachusetts to go on top of his boat house. He specified that his weather vane be constructed from copper with optional … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Whippet Bounding

October 11, 2013

This Bounding Whippet Dog Weather Vane was originally commissioned as one of a pair of Whippets placed together on the same weathervane. Another customer saw the double Whippet Weathervane and asked if we could make this particular Whippet as a single. Its sleek physique and the active pose make this a beautiful weathervane, especially when … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Wheaten Terrier Running

October 11, 2013

Our Running Wheaten Terrier Weather Vane showcases an active breed of dog in an active pose. To capture the soft silver colorations of their ears and nose, we can use optional nickel silver or a palladium leaf application to match these markings. We can also stamp your dog(s) name onto an optional collar and tag … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – West Highland Terrier in Play Bow

October 11, 2013

Our West Highland Terrier Weather Vane in the Play Bow position is a perennial favorite here at West Coast Weather Vanes. Not only do we have various versions of this design on display throughout the United States, there is also one in Athens, Greece. Because we craft each of our weathervanes to individual order we … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Springer Spaniel Standing

October 11, 2013

For this Standing Springer Spaniel Weather Vane we used a metal combination of copper and brass to match the markings on our customer’s dog.  She sent us photos of her Springer which we used to replicate its markings. Many of our customers choose optional gold leaf for the white markings so you will get the … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Siberian Husky Running

October 11, 2013

This Running Siberian Husky Weather Vane was originally designed to celebrate the breed’s dynamic and active nature. Bred as sled dogs in the far north, it seemed appropriate to show this Husky with its mouth open and ‘smiling’ with its legs lengthened in long strides, doing what it loves best. In reviewing our records, I … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Scottish Terrier Standing

October 11, 2013

The Scottish Terrier Weather Vane shown here (also known as an Aberdeen Terrier) was crafted in copper with the name of the dog stamped into an optional gold leafed collar. Another option would be a tag on the collar in the shape of a heart, circle or dog bone. Using both sides of the collar … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Schnauzer and Squirrel

October 11, 2013

The Schnauzer with Squirrel Weather Vane featured here was originally commissioned by a customer whose Schnauzer lived to chase squirrels. Apparently this is a common trait! In addition to this design, we have had commissions for several other Schnauzer variations, all of which involve squirrels.  A popular variation on this design shows the squirrel sitting … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Rottweiler Standing

October 11, 2013

The Standing Rottweiler Weather Vane pictured is made of copper with optional gold leaf defining the dog’s tan markings and teeth. As the copper patinas a deep chocolate brown, the gold leafed accents will stand out in vivid contrast. We use custom crafted brown glass eyes with black pupils to give the Rottweiler a more … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Rhodesian Ridgeback Walking

October 11, 2013

This copper Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Weather Vane was originally commissioned by a couple who wanted their female Ridgeback to serve as the model. Rather than use it as a weathervane, they intended to display the sculpture in their living room. They also decided that instead of the classic conformation pose with head held high and … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Portuguese Water Dog Trotting

October 11, 2013

We have found Portuguese Water Dog owners to be very passionate about their breed. One of our earliest dog weathervanes is a ‘Portie’ jumping off a pier into the water. Since then, we have received commissions to make a number of variations on this theme. The Trotting Portuguese Water Dog Weather Vane shown here is … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Poodle Running

October 11, 2013

This Running Poodle Weather Vane is one of three Poodle weathervanes currently offered here at West Coast Weather Vanes. In addition to the Running Poodle, we offer a Trotting Poodle and a Poodle in a play bow with a ball. With any of our dog weathervanes, you can request a specific gender. We can also … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Old English Sheepdog Standing

October 11, 2013

This Old English Sheepdog Weather Vane originated from photos sent by our customer. We used optional gold leaf in combination with the copper to capture the two colors of its coat. For readily apparent reasons, this is one of our few dog weathervanes where we do not use custom glass eyes. This sheepdog is shown … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever Standing

October 11, 2013

This Labrador Retriever Weathervane design, Standing with Mouth Closed, was created as a portrait based on photographs sent to us by the customers who commissioned it. They requested we add a collar with their dog’s name, Tugger, inscribed on a dog bone shaped tag. We also stamped their champion’s full pedigree name on the arrow shaft … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Labrador Retriever Running with Duck

October 11, 2013

The Labrador Retriever Weathervane, Running with Duck was originally commissioned as a tribute to a loyal hunting companion who loved nothing more than to be outside with his owner doing what he was bred to do. While this particular Lab is carrying a duck, we can easily substitute a pheasant, grouse or another object, if … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Great Dane Standing

October 11, 2013

This Great Dane Weathervane has a beautiful profile against the skyline. As shown, the dog, in classic conformation pose, has been fabricated entirely of copper with cropped ears. We also offer a version with natural ears. If you’d like, we can add a collar with a tag in the shape of a heart, a circle … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Golden Retriever Running

October 11, 2013

Our original Running Golden Retriever Weathervane was inspired by Loveit, the spectacular 1992 American Champion. We were delighted to meet this beautiful dog and his owner, who worked closely with us to capture the elegance of this canine champion’s movement and to refine our design to perfectly represent his conformation. Since then, we have done … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – German Shepherd with Ball

October 11, 2013

For this copper German Shepherd with Ball Weather Vane we applied optional gold leaf to define her distinctive markings, her teeth, and to highlight her favorite ball. We have also made a version of this design where we substituted a soccer ball for the smaller play ball. In addition to offering German Shepherds in this … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Elhew Pointer Pointing

October 11, 2013

This Elhew Pointer Weather Vane was commissioned for a breed enthusiast in Alabama. The design was inspired by a famous sculpture of Elhew Snakefoot which can be seen at the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, TN. We made the Elhew Pointer Weathervane featured here in copper with copper collar and tag. Since each … [ Read More ]

Dog Weathervane – Welsh Pembroke Corgi Standing

October 11, 2013

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Weather Vane shown here is constructed of copper with optional gold leaf markings. The customer who commissioned this weathervane wanted us to match the coat of her dog. We used optional gold leaf to delineate the white parts of its fur. This Corgi can be made with a uniform coat, entirely … [ Read More ]