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Wolf Weathervane – Howling

Howling Wolf Weather Vane


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 depict it howling at the moon. If desired, the optional moon ring can be leafed in gold or palladium to add a luminous quality to the design.

Many years ago, we set up our booth at an art show next to a very good nature photographer. During the course of the show we had time to look at each other’s work. He made the comment that he was glad to see we had depicted our Howling Wolf Weathervanes and our Howling Coyote Weathervanes correctly. When we asked him what he meant, he said that coyotes usually sit down to howl while wolves tend to howl standing up. We had not known this but when I had originally done the research for each design, the photos we used for inspiration naturally depicted each canid in the pose he described.

We have made versions of this wolf design for the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center in Vienna, Virginia and the Wesleyan School in Georgia, whose school mascot is the wolf. We have also made wolf weathervanes for customers around the country whose last name is ‘Wolf’ or ‘Wolfe’ in sizes ranging from small (one-foot sculpture pieces) to extra-large (four-foot sculpture pieces).

Wolves have been featured in the folklore and mythology of many cultures throughout history. Norse mythology tells the legend of the giant Fenrir. More sympathetic depictions include the suckling of Romulus and Remus by a she-wolf in the Roman foundation story. Wolves have also appeared in Western fairy tales such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (please see our Little Red Riding Hood Weathervanes) and the ‘Three Little Pigs’.

The gray wolf, also known as the timber wolf or just ‘wolf’, is a mammal of the order, Carnivora. The gray wolf is the largest wild member of the Canidae family and an ice age survivor originating during the Late Pleistocene around 300,000 years ago. Its shoulder height ranges from 0.6 to 0.9 meters (26-36 inches) and its weight varies between 32 and 68 kilograms (70-150 pounds). DNA sequencing and genetic drift studies indicate that the gray wolf shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog, Canis lupus familiaris.