Weather Vanes or Wind Vanes? What do you call them? Whatever you call them they serve the same purpose. Wind vanes come from an era when things were both beautiful and functional. Like the majestic old barns they sat atop, they inspire nostalgic thoughts of a bygone era.
The traditional wind vane design is a rooster. It seams a fitting image to be placed on the top of a farmers barn. The roosters crow is one of the first sounds a farmer hears in the morning, and the weather vane is one of the first things the farmer looks at. Why is the weathervane so important that it draws the farmers attention first thing in the morning? Very simply its the farmers weather forecasting tool. The weather vane tells him wind direction, which can give her clues as to what the days weather is going to be like. Before the weatherman predicted the weather, farmers relied on wind vanes to help predict the weather.
The rooster is the traditional design, not because of the farmer but because of the bible. In the 9th century the Pope proclaimed that all churches should display a rooster on the roof to symbolize a prophesy from Jesus predicting that Peter would deny Christ 3 times before the rooster crowed in the morning.
How Do They Work?
Wind vanes are balanced in weight but unbalanced in surface area. The wider surface (often the tail feathers of an arrow) catch the wind and the smaller surface (often the tip of the arrow) points in the direction that the wind is coming from. Then the four directions are locked in place so all you need to do is glance at the weather vane and see the wind direction.
The Weather Vane Store
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A weather vane that will not weather.
These weathervanes are made of 14 gauge steel. They are finished using a 3 step finishing process- First they are zinc plated for better adhesion and durability, then its baked on in antique copper vein powder coat followed by a clear powder coat to protect against the UV rays. This provides a durable, scratch resistant finish. Sealed ball bearings are used in the anemometer to keep it spinning freely with even the slightest breeze.
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