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Musician Weathervane – Clarinet Sculpture

September 27, 2013

The Clarinetist Weather Vane shown here was made for a Jazz recording studio in Berkeley, California. Rather than use the sculpture piece as a weathervane, it was designed to hang on the wall of the stairs leading up to the studio. Also commissioned were a Saxophone Player and a Trombone Player, also for display on … [ Read More ]

Musician Weathervane – Fiddler On Roof

September 27, 2013

This Fiddler on the Roof Weather Vane is one of our favorite designs. The drama of the upswept figure, the half closed eyes as music is evoked and the delicate-appearing yet sturdy craftsmanship that goes into the construction of the hand-built violin are what we want our studio to be about. Our goal here is … [ Read More ]

Musician Weathervane – Piper and Bird

September 27, 2013

This Piper & Bird Weathervane, aka Boy Playing his Pipe for a Singing Bird, was commissioned by customers who had seen a similar weather vane on their travels in Europe. While this weathervane could certainly be made in a swell-bodied version, they opted for a silhouette style to more closely resemble the original. Many of our weathervane … [ Read More ]

Native American Weathervane – Brave with Bow

September 27, 2013

For this Indian Brave Weather Vane we used copper in combination with optional gold leaf, creating a distinctive contrast between the two metals. We also used brown glass eyes to give the brave a more realistic appearance. The Indian Brave Weather Vane can also be made entirely in copper or using a combination of copper … [ Read More ]

Native American Weathervane – Mohican

September 27, 2013

Our Mohican Brave Weathervane is a variation on our original Indian Brave Weather Vane. It was commissioned for the main building at a private camp in the Adirondacks. We gilded portions of the weathervane at our customer’s request, but we also took photos of it as an all copper weather vane (prior to adding the … [ Read More ]

Scuba Diver Weathervane – Swimming

September 27, 2013

This Scuba Diver Weathervane featured consists of a copper scuba diver with brass face, hands and diving gear. The air tank was fabricated in nickel silver. In the case of this particular weather vane, our customer requested optional gold leaf on all of the brass parts, because they wanted those parts to remain a bright contrast as their … [ Read More ]

Skier Weathervane Schussing – Downhill Skier

September 27, 2013

This Skier Schussing Weather Vane is our most popular skiing design. Many of our customers display it atop their ski lodges or cabins in mountain settings. Because of its compact layout, it is ideal for high wind environments. As shown in the photo above, the skier’s hat, hair, gloves, and boots are in brass. The … [ Read More ]

Soccer/Football Player Weathervane – Male or Female

September 27, 2013

The two Soccer Player Weather Vanes featured here are both variations we currently offer. They are each the same price, you simply select the one you prefer. Each of our human weathervane comes with a choice of translucent glass jewels for eyes. You choose the eye color of your soccer player.  We can also add … [ Read More ]

Surfboard Weathervane – Longboard

September 27, 2013

Our Longboard Surfboard Weather Vane is a popular design for people living near the coast where surf breaks are prevalent. Here in Santa Cruz County, where we live, many world class surfers make their home. In fact, over the years, a number of our weathervane makers have been avid surfers, giving us lots of expertise … [ Read More ]

Tennis Weathervane – Female Tennis Player

September 27, 2013

The Female Tennis Player Weather Vane featured in this image is crafted in copper with optional gold leaf limbs and face. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can always be modified at the time an order is placed, eye color also can be chosen; eyes are made of special translucent … [ Read More ]

Tennis Weathervane – Male Tennis Player

September 27, 2013

Our Male Tennis Player Weather Vane is a popular design. Both our male and female tennis players are depicted in the classic serving pose. A memorable way to display our tennis player weathervanes is to place them side by side on a rooftop or on two cupolas. The two weathervanes interact together in the wind … [ Read More ]

Tennis Weathervane – Tennis Racquet

September 27, 2013

The Tennis Racquet Weather Vane featured here consists of a copper tennis racquet and ball, with an optional brass grip. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. A popular variation is to gild the tennis ball, creating a distinct contrast to … [ Read More ]

Water Skiing Woman Weathervane

September 27, 2013

The Water Skiing Woman Weather Vane shown here was commissioned by an avid fan of the sport whose home overlooks a beautiful lake in Indiana that is a popular destination for many water sport enthusiasts. Because her home is visible from the lake, she also thought her water skiing neighbors would enjoy seeing it as … [ Read More ]

Alpaca Weathervane – Huacaya

September 19, 2013

The Huacaya Alpaca Weather Vane, Vicugna pacos, was one of our first designs. West Coast Weather Vanes offers two types of Alpaca Weather Vanes: Huacaya and Suri. To replicate the Huacaya signature coat we created custom hammers for laying in this unique texture. Over the years we have designed many custom hammers for specific texture … [ Read More ]

Alpaca Weathervane – Suri

September 19, 2013

This Suri Alpaca Weather Vane, Vicugna pacos, was crafted entirely in copper. However, we can easily turn this weather vane into a portrait of your alpaca by using optional gold and/or palladium leafing to match its unique markings. There are also several different arrow styles to select from. We are happy to review the choices … [ Read More ]

Donkey Weathervane – Standing

September 19, 2013

Pictured above is our basic Standing Donkey Weather Vane, Equus africanus asinus. It has been detailed with the addition of optional gold leaf on the mane, muzzle, tail, belly patch, Jerusalem cross and eye rings. We used brown glass eyes with black pupils to give the donkey an animated and lifelike appearance. This Standing Donkey … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Nubian

September 19, 2013

Our Nubian Goat Weathervane, Capra hircus, commissioned originally in 2003 by a customer in Massachusetts, is in keeping with the historic traditions of the area, wanted her entire weathervane gold leafed. This created a warm, lustrous surface finish very popular in Boston in the Victorian age. We have also crafted versions of this weathervane for … [ Read More ]

Goat Weathervane – Pygmy

September 19, 2013

This Pygmy Goat Weather Vane, Capra hircus, created for a customer in Florida who was building a large horse barn (16,500 square feet) and needed an extra-large (four-foot sculpture piece) weathervane for the central cupola. She also ordered two large (three foot sculpture piece) Arrow Weather Vanes for the two smaller flanking cupolas. Rather than … [ Read More ]

Llama Weathervane – Standing

September 19, 2013

The very first commissioned weathervane made here at West Coast Weather Vanes was for a Llama in 1989. A neighbor knew we were starting this new business venture and placed the order. After tinkering in our studio for three or four months, we summoned our courage and showed him the finished piece. He loved it … [ Read More ]

Pig Weathervane – Joyful

September 19, 2013

The inspiration for this Joyful Pig Weather Vane, Sus scrofa domesticus, was from a photo I saw in an old National Geographic magazine showing two kids sitting on a fence rail in the Australian Outback hosing down their pet pig with cool water in the 120° heat. The pig had the most blissful look of … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Arabian High Stepping

September 19, 2013

The High Stepping Arabian Horse Weather Vane, Equus Caballus, here pictured came about after our customer saw our original Walking Arabian Horse Weather Vane design. Wanting something slightly different, he commissioned this vane and sent us photos of his horse to use as our model. With his permission, we now offer this spirited design in … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Arabian Walking

September 19, 2013

This Arabian Horse Weather Vane, Equus Caballus, is one of our earliest horse weathervane designs. For it we had the good fortune to work with a well-known breeder who shows her Arabians extensively. In addition to commissioning this Arabian Horse Weather Vane in the large size, she also ordered a medium (2 foot) Golden Retriever … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Cutting

September 19, 2013

The extra-large (4-foot) Cutting Horse Weather Vane pictured was originally commissioned by a customer in Texas as a birthday gift for her husband. The couple are both very involved in this amazingly athletic sport. She sent us videos of cutting horses in action to give us a better appreciation of this demanding equestrian event. She … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Basic #2

September 19, 2013

Shown above is a later version of our Basic Dressage Horse Weather Vane, originally created for the Oaks Equestrian Facility in Lake City, Florida. The mane and tail have optional gold leafing but, since all our vanes are constructed to order, this horse weathervane can be made entirely in copper or with a brass or … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Passage with Rider

September 19, 2013

We offer our Passage Horse Weather Vane with and without a rider. Because our weathervanes are handcrafted to order, we are often able to accommodate customer’s requests for additional personalization. For example, we could easily make a male dressage rider instead of the female rider shown here. We can even match facial features, body build … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dressage Silhouette

September 19, 2013

This version of our basic Dressage Horse Weather Vane was originally commissioned as a group gift for an elementary school teacher retiring to devote her time to dressage…her favorite pursuit. We sent the teachers participating in the gift two ‘lucky pennies’, one from the year the teacher began working at the school, and one from … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Friesian

September 19, 2013

This Friesian Horse Weather Vane is one of the most spectacular in our horse series. It is also one of our most popular. Because Friesians are black, we usually craft this weathervane entirely in copper because it will first weather to a deep chocolate brown, however we can optionally gold leaf the horse’s mane and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Galloping

September 19, 2013

The original Galloping Horse Weather Vane design was commissioned by the Del Mar Racetrack in Southern California. They ordered two all copper extra large, 4 foot versions. The large, 3 foot, weathervane shown here has a brass mane and tail. A fletching can be added below the horizontal tube if you’d like us to add … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – American Saddlebred

September 19, 2013

This Saddlebred Horse Weather Vane is based on a champion Saddlebred named ‘Our Axel Rose’. The original design was created using customer photos and video of their spirited stallion. We had long wanted to make a horse weather vane based on this breed with its distinctive high stepping gait and long flowing mane and tail. … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Reining

September 19, 2013

Our Reining Horse Weather Vane is based on customer-provided photos of her horse and rider sliding to a stop during a competition. We added personalized details in the saddle blanket and reins using optional gold leaf. We used optional palladium leaf to give the rider his silver grey hair and shiny stirrups. Over time, the … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Quarter

September 19, 2013

This Quarter Horse Weather Vane with optional gold leaf mane and tail details is a relatively new, and very popular, horse weathervane design for us. All of our weathervanes are handcrafted to order and are typically constructed in copper with or without optional gold and palladium leaf. If you want a personalized weathervane we can … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Polo V1

September 19, 2013

This Polo Player Weather Vane is one of our most popular horse weathervane designs. They have been installed as far away as Perth, Australia, Bogota, Colombia and many locations across the United States. Optional gold leaf works very well with this weathervane, accenting the intricate details of the tail wrappings, saddle blanket, leg wraps, and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Thoroughbred Mare & Foal Standing

September 19, 2013

This is our original Mare and Foal Weather Vane design. Examples of this weathervane can be found from British Colombia to Lexington Kentucky and throughout the western United States. As pictured here, both horses show optional gold-leafed manes and tails. Palladium, which is a silver colored leaf, can also be used to mimic grey markings. … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Thoroughbred Mare & Foal Running

September 19, 2013

This Running Mare with Foal Weather Vane, Equus caballus, was commissioned by a customer who had seen our original Standing Mare and Foal Weather Vane but wanted a more active design. Hers is an all copper version, though it is available with optional gold-leafed or palladium accents that can make this sculpture piece represent a specific … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Jumping

September 19, 2013

This Jumping Horse Weather Vane was one of our earliest horse designs and, since our first commission in 1994, we have created a number of variations on this original design. Any of our Jumping Horse weathervanes can be constructed with an optional equestrian added to the sculpture piece; man, woman or child. In fact, the weathervane … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Icelandic

September 19, 2013

The Icelandic Horse Weather Vane featured is one of our small breed horse designs. It is a popular weathervane, and we have crafted them for customers coast to coast – from Washington state to New York. This weathervane can be constructed in all copper, or with the optional gold leafing accents on the mane and … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Stallion Running

September 19, 2013

With our Running Stallion Weather Vane we capture the fluid grace of a warmblood in motion. Because our artisans handcraft each weathervane sculpture piece to individual order, we can personalize this weathervane in a number of ways. With the application of optional gold and palladium leaf we can represent individual markings. Further, we can make … [ Read More ]

Horse Weathervane – Dutch Warmblood and Woman

September 19, 2013

This Warmblood Horse Weather Vane With Woman was originally commissioned by a husband for his wife. Their daughter, an excellent equestrian, had just left home for college and the mother missed her greatly. Now when she looks out her window towards the barn, her weather vane brings her daughter to mind and puts a smile … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Texas Longhorn

September 18, 2013

The Texas Longhorn Weather Vane pictured was crafted of hand shaped copper with optional gold leafing on the horns. Arriving in the United States via Mexico, the Texas Longhorn is one of the most distinctive breeds of cattle today. Instantly recognizable, a Texas Longhorn is a perfect subject for creating a classic weathervane design. Because … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Hereford

September 18, 2013

Our Hereford Bull Weather Vane was originally commissioned by an Oregon rancher’s wife for her husband’s 55th birthday. To commemorate this birthday and the year their weather vane was crafted we sealed 1943 and 1998 ‘lucky’ pennies inside as part of a century old good luck tradition. Originally, we were going to put the 1943 … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Charging

September 18, 2013

A very action oriented weathervane design, the Charging Bull Weather Vane pictured here was crafted entirely in copper, although we have made several with optional gold leafing on the bull’s horns and/or brand for dramatic effect. It was originally commissioned by a stockbroker who is naturally very much into the ‘Bull Market’. We also offer … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Walking

September 18, 2013

Our all copper Walking Bull Weather Vane is a variation on our Charging Bull Weather Vane, with this bull in a more deliberative, upright position. The customer who commissioned this weathervane design requested that it be personalized with optional nickel-silver horns and custom, and oversized directionals in our Extra-Large, four-foot size. When fabricating our weathervanes … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Limousin

September 18, 2013

The Limousin Bull Weather Vane pictured includes the ranch name in optional gold leaf lettering on the arrow fletching. The customer who commissioned this sculpture piece requested a heavily muscled, mature bull Limousin. Because our weathervanes are crafted to order, each vane can be personalized in accordance with a customer’s wishes. For example, another customer … [ Read More ]

Bull Weathervane – Black Angus

September 18, 2013

This Black Angus Bull Weather Vane was commissioned in copper as a gift for the owner of a large ranch that specializes in Black Angus cattle. The bull has brown glass eyes. On the arrow fletching the name of their outfit is written in optional gold leaf. Because each of our weathervanes is handcrafted to … [ Read More ]

Cow Weathervane – Jersey Cow & Boy

September 18, 2013

Our Jersey Cow and Boy Weather Vane is a variation of our Jersey Cow Weather Vane. We also offer two versions of this weathervane featuring a Holstein Cow rather than a Jersey. When we make business signs of this weathervane for Dairy Farms, you can select the option of adding the name of the farm … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Oak Leaf

September 18, 2013

The Oak Leaf Banner Weather Vane features a cutout of an oak leaf and two acorns in the banner field. We used the cut-out pieces to create the “wind pointer” and accented the pointer with optional gold leafing. This weathervane makes a decorative and interesting use of both negative and positive space, reinforcing the oak … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Art Deco

September 18, 2013

The Art Deco Weather Vane showcased here was designed by an architect whose work is informed by the Art Deco Arts & Crafts Movement. It captures the signature use of geometric forms and conveys a nice sense of energy and when silhouetted against the sky, the effect is lovely and dramatic. This is one of … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Decorative #1

September 18, 2013

This Decorative Banner Weather Vane #1 has a simple flowing style. It looks lovely with its plain copper field, but also lends itself to the addition of a decorative design or corporate logo which can be created using optional gold or palladium leaf. This banner weathervane was crafted in copper with brass straps. It can … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #6

September 18, 2013

Our Banner Weather Vane #6 is a popular new design. It is typically made of copper and employs box style construction, which makes it very strong yet gives the illusion of a lightweight cloth flag billowing in the wind. Because our weather vanes are crafted to order, we are able to offer optional gold leafed … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane Decorative #5

September 18, 2013

This Decorative Banner Weather Vane #5 has a dramatic ‘pierced’ appearance which adds to its visual interest. It is completed by the custom spun copper finial above and hand spun copper globes on the ends of the ‘pierced’ rod. We can also add optional gold leafing, either in the form of a name, a logo … [ Read More ]

Banner Weathervane – Golf Pennant

September 18, 2013

This Golf Banner Weather Vane is handmade entirely in copper. We often personalize this banner to indicate a particular golf club, family name, or other affiliation. This is usually accomplished by applying the text or logo in optional gold and/or palladium leaf. For example, we recently took an order for one of our Golf Banners where … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Maine Coon Cat Sitting with Two Mice

September 18, 2013

Our Maine Coon Cat Weather Vane was originally created for some delightful customers in Connecticut. They are big fans of the Maine Coon Cat and sent us a photo of the newest addition to their family. We used their photos to create this weathervane design. Because of their much-deserved reputation as mighty mousers, they are … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Shorthair Resting with Hummingbird

September 18, 2013

This Cat with Hummingbird Weather Vane, like our Cat with Butterfly, captures that classic contemplative poise of an observant feline. This cat is made of copper with brass whiskers for contrast. The plant’s leaves are also made in brass while the little hummingbird has been crafted in copper. Many of our customers choose optional gold … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Shorthair Playing with Mice

September 18, 2013

Shown here is our Cat Weather Vane Playing with Mice. It is a sweet, sleek depiction of a cat doing what cats love to do! Our own cat, Solder, served as the model for this particular weathervane design. One customer requested an optional gold leafed version of this mischievous cat. In that case, we added a … [ Read More ]

Cat Weathervane – Scary

September 18, 2013

Our Scary Cat Weather Vane, affectionately called ‘Halloween’, makes a distinctive and unforgettable impression when viewed up on a rooftop. Using both mirror-image and swell-bodied construction, we wanted to capture the classic stance of that fierce and protective guardian of the home. This weathervane is typically made in copper with translucent glass eyes, which are … [ Read More ]

Fish Weathervane – With Moon

September 10, 2013

This Leaping Fish Weather Vane with Moon is one of our exclusive weathervane designs. The customer who commissioned this vane supplied us with a design of his own creation and we worked closely with him to translate his vision into a dynamic working weathervane. Even though this customer is the only person who has this … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Whale Tail

September 10, 2013

Our Whale’s Tail Weather Vane is made from copper with stylized copper waves. Because our vanes are handcrafted to order, the choice of metals can be modified to preference. A popular variation is to make the waves in brass.This is a very simple design, but for anyone who has ever had the good fortune to … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Swimming Sperm Whale

September 10, 2013

The Sperm Whale Weather Vane, Physeter macrocephalus, featured in this image is crafted of copper. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be individualized. The Sperm Whale’s eyes are made from handcrafted glass and have black pupils. Eye color is chosen when ordering the weather vane. This weathervane can also … [ Read More ]

Orca Weathervane

September 10, 2013

The Orca Weather Vane, Orcinus orca, aka Killer Whale Weather Vane featured in this image is constructed with a body of copper and optional gold leafed markings. This weathervane, in particular, is quite impressive once the copper has weathered a dark chocolate brown and the much lighter gold leaf stands out against it in striking … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Breaching Humpback

September 10, 2013

The Humpback Whale Weather Vane, Megaptera novaeangliae, featured in this image consists of a breaching copper Humpback Whale with a brass splash. The choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. This weathervane design was originally commissioned by a couple with a home on Maui (in the Hawaiian Islands) overlooking … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Straight Body Humpback

September 10, 2013

The Humpback Whale Weather Vane, Megaptera novaeangliae, featured is hand crafted in copper. Because our vanes are custom made, the choice of metals can be modified at the time of ordering. The Humpback Whale’s eyes are made from art glass eyes with black pupils. People who order this weather vane get to choose the eye … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Grey Whale Breaching

September 10, 2013

The Grey Whale Weather Vane, Eschrichtius robustus, featured in this image consists of a breaching copper Grey Whale with a brass splash. Because our vanes are custom made, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. The Grey Whale’s eyes are made from handcrafted colored glass with black pupils … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Grey With Dolphin

September 10, 2013

The Breaching Grey Whale Weather Vane, Eschrichtius robustus, with Dolphin, Delphinus, featured in this image consists of an all copper whale and dolphin while the splash is made of brass. Brass is 70% copper so patinas similarly to copper but maintains a subtle distinction is color throughout the life of the weathervane. The directionals (North, … [ Read More ]

Whale Weathervane – Blue Whale

September 10, 2013

The Blue Whale Weather Vane, Balaenoptera musculus, featured in this image is crafted with a copper body and optional gold leafed throat pleats. Because our vanes made individually, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. The Blue Whale’s eyes are made from handcrafted colored glass with black pupils … [ Read More ]

Turtle Weathervane – Sea Turtle & Grass

September 10, 2013

The Sea Turtle Weather Vane with Grasses, also known as Marine Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, featured in this image consists of a copper shelled Hawksbill Turtle with brass head, flippers and tail, swimming among brass sea fronds. This weather vane can also be constructed with a copper coral sea bottom if you prefer. Because our vanes … [ Read More ]

Turtle Weathervane – Sea Turtle & Coral

September 10, 2013

The Sea Turtle Weather Vane with Coral, Eretmochelys imbricate, pictured here was crafted with a copper shell and a brass head, flippers and tail, swimming just above a copper coral sea floor. Each of our weathervanes is made to individual order so the combination of metals can vary from weathervane to weathervane depending on customer … [ Read More ]

Trout Weathervane – School of Trout

September 10, 2013

The Schooling Trout Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus mykiss, shown here was originally designed for a customer who wished to place the fish in a dry stream bed. When the wind turns, the three trout school together. The same thing could be done on a fence railing or on a rooftop. As shown here the fish are … [ Read More ]

Trout Weathervane – Steelhead Trout

September 10, 2013

The Steelhead Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus mykiss, featured in this photo consists of a copper body with optional gold-leafed fins and speckles. The copper itself will first weather a deep chocolate brown before eventually turning a beautiful turquoise green. The parts of the fish that are gilded, will stay a soft luminous golden color. Especially when … [ Read More ]

Trout Weathervane – Leaping

September 10, 2013

The Leaping Trout Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus mykiss, featured in this image consists of a copper fish and splash rings with brass grasses and a gold leafed bug. Because our vanes are custom made, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. If you are “hooked” on trout, you might … [ Read More ]

Swordfish Weathervane – Swimming

September 10, 2013

The Swordfish Weather Vane, Xiphias gladius, is one of the fish in our Sport Fish Series. Its remarkable and distinctive profile are immediately identifiable when silhouetted against the skyline. While normally made in copper, this fish can also be made out of nickel-silver or brass, depending on our customer’s metal preference. Most of the fish weathervanes … [ Read More ]

Shark Weathervane – Hammerhead

September 10, 2013

The Hammerhead Shark Weather Vane, Sphyrna zygaena, featured in this image is handcrafted with an all copper body. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. Two of our very creative customers used one of our Small Hammerhead sharks in a very … [ Read More ]

Shark Weathervane – Straight Body

September 10, 2013

This Great White Shark Weather Vane, Carcharodon carcharias, has the body of the shark depicted swimming in a straight line rather than with a curved body. This version is crafted entirely in copper. Because our weather vanes are made to order the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. … [ Read More ]

Shark Weathervane – Curved Body

September 10, 2013

The Great White Shark Weather Vane, Carcharodon carcharias, shown here is crafted with a copper body and optional gold leaf accents to the shark’s teeth, belly and undersides of the fins. Customers can choose to have their weathervane constructed exclusively of copper, copper and brass, or have gold leaf accents added according to their own … [ Read More ]

Seal Weathervane – Elephant Seal

September 10, 2013

The Elephant Seal Weather Vane, Mirounga Angustirostris, featured in this drawing can be handmade to order in your choice of up to four different sizes. The choice of metals can either be all copper, or a combination of copper and brass if you prefer a subtle distinction in color as the weathervane goes through its … [ Read More ]

Seal Weathervane Swimming – Chasing Fish

September 10, 2013

The Seal Weathervane with Fish, Phoca vitulina, featured in this image consists of a copper seal chasing a copper fish. The seal’s whiskers, the fish’s fins and tail and the “waves” have been crafted in brass. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time your order … [ Read More ]

Seahorse Weathervane – With Grasses

September 10, 2013

The Seahorse Weather Vane, Hippocampus of the family Syngnathidae, featured in this image consists of a copper Seahorse and coral with a brass sea floor. Because our vanes are crafted individually, the choice of metals can be modified at the time your order is placed. The Seahorse featured here has eyes are made from translucent … [ Read More ]

Seahorses Weathervane – With Clamshell

September 10, 2013

The Seahorse Weather Vane, Hippocampus, pictured here consists of two handmade copper Seahorses with translucent glass jewels for eyes, a copper or brass arrow tip and fletching with clamshell. Many of our customers opt for optional gold leaf on this weathervane. Popular choices are to gild the clamshell, the arrow tip and fletching. Alternately, we … [ Read More ]

Salmon Weathervane – King Leaping

September 10, 2013

The Leaping King Salmon Weather Vane featured here was commissioned for a 70th birthday present for a man whose home overlooks the shore of Lake Michigan. This salmon weather vane can either be made in entirely in copper or the body in copper and the fins, tail and waves in brass for a subtle distinction … [ Read More ]

Salmon Weathervane – King Salmon Swimming

September 10, 2013

The King Salmon Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, also known as a Chinook Salmon, Spring Salmon, Tyee Salmon or Quinnat Salmon, featured in the image above consists of a swimming copper fish with brass fins and tail. We portray this salmon as a younger fish in a natural setting near the bottom of a river bed … [ Read More ]

Salmon Weathervane – Chinook Swimming

September 10, 2013

The Chinook Salmon Weather Vane, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, featured in this photo consists of a swimming copper fish. It has yellow glass eyes with black pupils that were custom made for this weather vane. The glass eyes are included in the price and come in a range of colors. This Chinook Salmon Weather Vane was commissioned … [ Read More ]

Sailfish Weathervane – Leaping

September 10, 2013

The Sailfish Weather Vane, Istiophorus platypterus, featured in this image consists of a copper fish with brass waves. In the case of this particular weather vane, our customer had us add optional gold leaf for the small spots in the fins. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified … [ Read More ]

Rooster Fish Weathervane – Swimming

September 10, 2013

The Rooster Fish Weather Vane, Nematistius pectoralis, featured in this image consists of a nickel silver fish with inlaid copper stripes. Because our vanes are individually handcrafted, the choice of metals can be modified at the time your order is placed. More traditionally, we use copper and brass, or copper and optional gold, or palladium … [ Read More ]

Sea Otter Weathervane – Diving With Kelp & Pup

September 10, 2013

This Diving Sea Otter Weather Vane, Enhydra lutris, is one of our more active designs. You can see that the mother sea otter has safely tethered her pup in the kelp while she dives down to the sea floor to catch a star fish for its dinner. In the example shown, the mother otter, the … [ Read More ]

Sea Otter Weathervane – Floating With Abalone

September 10, 2013

The Sea Otter Weather Vane with Abalone, Enhydra lutris, featured here consists of a hand made copper sea otter floating on its back on a gentle, swelling brass wave. It is just about to dine on a tasty sea urchin. Because our vanes are handcrafted to order, the sea otter can also be made with … [ Read More ]

Sea Otter Weathervane – Mama Otter & Pup

September 10, 2013

Our Sea Otter Weather Vanes, Enhydra lutris, are quite popular here in California. This Sea Otter with Pup Weather Vane was originally commissioned by two proud parents after the birth of their first child. They enjoyed watching these furry mammals and their babies frolic in the kelp beds from their home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – Leopard

September 10, 2013

This Leopard Frog Weather Vane, Rana pipiens, is a variation on our standard Jumping Frog Weathervane. This Leaping Leopard Frog Weathervane is slightly plumper than his earlier counterpart that was inspired by the famous Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This frog’s eyes are made from translucent glass which allows light to pass through them when … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – Sitting

September 10, 2013

The Sitting Frog Weather Vane, Amphibian anura, featured in this image consists of a hand fabricated copper frog. A nice feature of this design is copper’s eventual patina to a beautiful shade of greenish blue. Over time, its color should more and more closely resemble a real frog! The eyes are made from handcrafted translucent … [ Read More ]

River Otter Weathervane

September 9, 2013

The River Otter Weather Vane, Lutra canadensis, shown in this drawing would be constructed as a copper River Otter on a brass river bank. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. We created this design for a customer who was deciding … [ Read More ]

Manta Ray Weathervane

September 9, 2013

In our all copper Manta Ray Weather Vane, Manta birostris, with its soaring out stretched fins, we’ve tried to capture the slow, elegant wing-like movement of their triangular pectoral fins as well as their distinctive broad heads, horn shaped cephalic fins (located on either side of their mouths) and elongated tails. This weathervane was originally … [ Read More ]

Manatee Weathervane

September 9, 2013

The Manatee Weathervane, Trichechus manatus, featured in this image consists of a copper Manatee and sea bed with brass seaweeds, although it can also be made entirely of copper if that is your metal preference. The Manatee’s eyes are made from handcrafted glass eyes with black pupils. People who order this manatee choose the eye … [ Read More ]

Koi Weathervane

September 9, 2013

The Koi Weather Vane, Cyprinus carpio, featured in this image consists of a copper fish with brass waves. This particular weather vane was made as a portrait and our customer had us gold leaf the fins, parts of the body and tail to match the markings of his favorite fish. Because our vanes are custom … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – Jumping

September 9, 2013

The Jumping Frog Weather Vane, Amphibian anura, shown here consists of an all custom crafted copper frog. With its long outstretched legs, it has a very dynamic appearance as it turns in the wind. Its profile is unmistakable when silhouetted against the skyline although our frog weathervanes are also popular in garden settings, especially when … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – Leaping Between Lilypads

September 9, 2013

The Frog Weather Vane, Amphibian anura, with Lily Pads and three blossoms is a variation on our Frog and Lily Pad design. This version has two lily pad and three lotus blossoms while the other version has one lily pad and two lotus blossoms. On this particular weathervane our customers requested that we gild the … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – Leaping From Lilypad

September 9, 2013

The Frog and Lily Pad Weather Vane, Amphibian anura, featured in this image consists of a copper frog, copper lily stems and a brass lily pad and lily petals. It is a close cousin to our Frog with Lily Pads Weathervane design. This version has one lily pad and two lotus blossoms while the other … [ Read More ]

Frog Weathervane – With Dragonfly

September 9, 2013

This Frog Weather Vane with Dragonfly, Amphibian anura, is fabricated from a mix of metals. It consists of a copper frog, brass cattail reeds, a copper seed head and a small brass dragonfly. In the case of this particular weather vane, our customer chose optional gold leaf for the little dragonfly. Because our vanes are … [ Read More ]

Dolphin Weathervane

September 9, 2013

This Dolphin Weathervane, Delphinidae, was crafted entirely in copper. The dolphin’s eyes are made from translucent glass jewels. People who order this weather vane choose the eye color they want for their weather vane. The dolphin is one of our earliest designs and one of our most popular. It has a very elegant profile against the … [ Read More ]

Crab Weathervane – Dungeness

September 5, 2013

The Dungeness Crab Weather Vane, Metacarcinus magister, featured here is a hand crafted copper crab fabricated in the swell bodied style in silhouette brass waves. As these two similar metals weather and then patina their will remain a subtle difference in their coloring. If a stronger contrast is preferable there is optional gilding available to … [ Read More ]

Marlin Weathervane – Blue

September 5, 2013

The Blue Marlin Weather Vane, Makaira nigricans, featured in this image consists of a copper fish with brass waves. In the case of this particular weather vane, our customer chose optional gold leaf for the fins and tail. Because our vanes are custom made to order, the choice of metals can be modified to suit. … [ Read More ]

Bass Weathervane – Striped

September 5, 2013

The Striped Bass Weather Vane, Morone saxatilis, featured here was handcrafted with a nickel silver bodied fish accented by brass fins and tail. The reeds are crafted in copper and the lure has been optionally gold leafed. Because our vanes are custom made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time … [ Read More ]

Bass Weathervane – Largemouth Leaping

September 5, 2013

Our Large Mouthed Bass Weather Vane, Micropterus salmoides, is constructed with a copper bodied fish and splash rings, and brass fins, tail, dragonfly and reeds. Because our vanes are made to order, the choice of metals can be modified at the time an order is placed. The eyes are handcrafted glass with black pupils. West … [ Read More ]

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