Weathervane information

All our designs are tested to ensure they will work as a functioning weathervane. This is a case of ensuring that the majority of the weight is at the front (the arrow) and the majority of the surface area is at the back (the design). When this bar is balanced correctly, the weathervane will spin so that the arrow points into the wind. In order to get the most accurate reading, the weathervane should be mounted to the highest point so that trees and other buildings will not interfere with wind direction.

Our small weathervanes measure approximately 18" (460mm) across the cardinal points (N - S or E - W), and will suit a small shed or summerhouse. The medium size is approximately 24" (610mm) across the cardinal points, and is designed for a single storey garage, workshop or bungalow, while the large measures 30" (760mm) and will suit a two storey house. The extra large size has cardinal points measuring 40", and is designed for a larger house or barn. If you require a custom size, for example for a church or mansion, please contact us for a quote. When choosing sizes, it is also worth considering the distance you will mostly want to view the weathervane from - for example if you have a very large garden and want a good view of the weathervane from the end of it, it may well be worth going a size bigger. It is very difficult to give a difinitive answer to the question of what size to go for; if you need any further advice on this please feel free to contact us on 0161 681 4293, or send a photograph of the location to sales@blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk .

If you are thinking of commissioning a bespoke design, it's well worth reading this blog post on the subject.

If you are unsure of which fixing you will need, there is some relevant advice on our fixings information page.

All of our weathervanes are made to order. Some of the more popular designs we keep in stock; these can generally be produced in around two weeks, however many will need laser cutting so it's best to allow up to four weeks for us to manufacture and send out a weathervane. If you are on a tight timescale, please contact us before ordering on 0161 681 4293.

The cardinal points (Letters) can be gilded using 23.5 carat gold leaf. It is weather resistant, and unlike gold paint, will not dull over time. The gilding is done to a professional standard, with a coat of primer and 5 layers of paint underneath forming a high quality base for the oil based size (glue) and gold leaf to adhere to. As well as the letters, many of our weathervane sails can also be gilded; prices do vary depending on the size and complexity of the design so please contact us for an individual price.

Witch Weathervane Gilded Gilded Weathervane Sail Image Fox Weathervane Image Gilded S Close Up

Our weathervane designs can be painted by hand in full colour using high quality outdoor paint. Prices for this service start from £70, and do vary as some designs are more complex than others.

MGTD Painted Weathervane Image Frogeye Sprite Weathervanae Viking Ship Weathervane

We are happy to answer any further technical questions you may have, please phone us on 0161 681 4293 or email us on sales@blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk. To see some examples of our weathervanes insitu, please take a look at our customer gallery.