My first weathervane, 1972. An inexpensive flat rooster, Dad and I gilded it with real gold leaf. It sat atop our house in Burbank from 1972 to about 1979. (The cupola was constructed of indoor plywood and got ratty.)
Installing the weathervane atop our house in January, 2000. We call him "Long Tom" after an Indian who lived in the area in the 1700's who gave the settlers some problems. He's buried in the nearby Pohick Church lot.
Of course every proper weathervane has a cupola. I hate it when people mount weathervanes to the roof...
Long Tom in silouette. I used to tell a little boy living in our cul-de-sac that every Noon he fires an arrow.
For a while I was making folk art weathervanes out of pine planks. This is an angel Gabriel, a traditional design I found in a book. The finish is artificially aged to look as if it was in the weather. Based on a real 19th C. vane, I think.
This is a copy of a real 19th C. vane; I liked the way the folk artist (most likely a carpenter) handled the tail feathers. Good folk art appeals to me because the artistry can be unexpected.
This is a my interpretation of "Little Heiskell," which is atop the City Hall in Hagerstown, Maryland. Made in 1769. I went overboard with the buttons.
A whale I made for my mother. She wanted something New Englandy. Not based on any real vane I know of; I freehanded it.
A rabbit I made as a Christmas gift for my youngest daughter. The shape came from a repeating motif on a basket.
From a 19th C. vane in upstate New York, as I recall. Now in the collection at the Shelburne Museum. The "TO,TE" stands for The Order of the Eagle. I cut it out of a sheet of copper and oxidized it green with an acid.
Me at the Mount Vernon museum with the original Rakestraw "Dove of Peace" vane. (The one atop Mt. Vernon is a reproduction; this is the real thing.)
Living only 15 minutes or so from Mount Vernon, I had to have a Rakestraw Dove...
One of the cool heraldric bannerets atop the Tower of London. (There are actually four of these.)
The comet vane atop the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
A London dragon (with St. George cross on wing) atop St. Mary-le-Bow church in the City of London. The tradition is that if you were born within the sound of Bow Bells you are a true Cockney.
An elegant London rooster.
The grasshopper atop the Royal Exchange in the City. Shem Drowne's famous grasshopper atop Faneuil Hall in Boston is in recognition of this one.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia (closer)
Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Independence Hall, Philadelphia - an odd, upside down masonic compass and square.
A sailing ship (probably meant to suggest mercantile interests) atop the Liberty of London store on Regent Street.
A continent away, this ship atop the visitor's center at Germanna Ford represents the Germans who immigrated to Virginia in the 1700's.
This clever penny-farthing cycle vane is about 3/4 of a mile away from us; you can see it from the parkway.
Claddaugh weathervane seen in an Irish pub in Warrenton, VA
"Old Jake" seen atop the fire station in downtown Winchester, VA. C. 1860. In the Shenandoah Valley Museum.