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.
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.
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.
Weathervanes to Crow About