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Rough Hewn

The expression “rough hewn” describes a beam that’s been shaped about and hasn’t been sanded or completed. The surface is not easy and the grain is very clear and rough.

Apropos Design, Inc. / Green Home Design Source

Rough-hewn beams frame the area with this rustic wine cellar.

Jeffrey Dungan Architects

An unusual and charming choice for a staircase railing, these rough-hewn pieces are likely salvaged wood.

A post and lintel wall opening showcases rough-hewn timbers that provide structural support. It’s a rustic touch in an otherwise polished area.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

The teeth of a saw blade left visible cuts on this rough-hewn wall paneling.

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Weather Vanes Give a Crowning Touch to Homes

Ever since the clock struck summer this year, Frank’s Sinatra’s song “Summer Wind” was on replay in my mind. This has triggered ideas of weather vanes. The cosmetic instruments have always been favorites of mine, and now that I am a homeowner I feel the necessity to really have a weather vane of my very own.

Used as an architectural decoration, weather vanes are usually found at the highest point of a structure and are utilized to reveal the direction of the wind. Mounted on a predetermined rod, they’ve letters indicating the points on the compass. Above all the letters, the decorative directional decoration sits on a rotating spindle. For the instrument to work correctly, the burden of the directional piece has to be equally distributed on each side. On the other hand, the surface area needs to be unequally divided so the pointer can move freely on its own axis.

Today you’ll find almost anything called the decoration for weather vanes — out of Santa’s sleigh for my personal favorite, the Labrador retriever.

Domain Design Architects

An eagle weather vane is a classic all-American option.

Richard Leggin Architects

A square cupola isn’t complete without a weather vane. You may buy a similar hand-crafted cupola out of Weathervanes of Maine.

This Massachusetts shingle-style carriage home is brimming with architectural information. I spy knee straps, diamond muntins and a square cupola with a weather vane.

Farm construction corp

Directionals don’t a weather vane make. Some weather vanes merely feature a fundamental arrow decoration. Denninger Weather Vanes carries an whole arrow collection!

Forum Phi Architecture | Interiors | Planning

Birds in flight are usually used as the cosmetic strand decoration on weather vanes, symbolizing patience, grace and beauty.

McKay Architects

This house proudly displays a weather vane atop its square cupola. Much of the high-end weather vanes are handmade in New England.

Tongue & Groove

An antiqued whale silhouette is a fitting weather vane option for seaside living. Cape Cod Weathervane Company sells precisely the same whale cutie.

Birdseye Design

Mounted in an octagonal cupola, a sailboat weather vane sails in the summer wind.

RTA Studio Residential Architects

Back in the day, roosters were the go-to cosmetic vertical piece — so popular that weather vanes can also be referred to as weathercocks.

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