Very Large Weathervane for a Mansion or Barn

extra large weathervane parrots weathervaneRecently we’ve had quite a bit of demand for weathervanes larger than our standard large size of 30″ -  designed to go on a standard size of two storey house. We’ve occasionally made the odd larger one in the past for mansions or large farm buildings, but the past few weeks have seen loads, so are going to add an ‘extra large’ size to the website as a standard option.

With this particular weathervane design; the Parrots (Hyacinth Macaws to be precise) were sketched by the customer, who asked us to make the design function as a weathervane, and join the two birds with some distinctive Black Fox foliage. In terms of making the weathervane function, the only things I had to do were swap the two birds around, as originally the bird with it’s wings spread was on the side with the arrow, meaning that there would not have been enough surface area at the back for the weathervane to spin into the wind. I also needed to make a minor alteration to the eyes so they would be possible to cut. In terms of finishing the design itself, I printed the Parrot drawings and just doodled around them until I had something I felt would work. I then scanned this into the computer and traced over it using our design software.

This weathervane sail measures approx 130 cm across, with the sitting bird being just over 80 cm tall, so almost life size. We got the photo of me holding it to give a sense of the scale, it weighs a ton too! It’s just under the maximum size our courier will deliver; anything larger than this and the shipping costs would get ridiculous.

Black Fox Metalcraft Workshop

welding image Laser cut images Balancing a weathervane Phiz Plasma cuttingHere’s some photos of us at work, taken by our friends at Boka Print last week. There’s loads more on their facebook page, please check it out and give them a ‘like’! Photos here I think show us discussing the balancing of a Dragon weathervane, me welding it together, and Phiz plasma cutting the plate for a Cat & Bird house number.

Black Fox in the papers again!

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Another article telling the Black Fox story was featured in the Oldham chronicle last week.

The photo was taken in our showroom, and features our fox weathervane, and in the background our Aston Martin and Austin Healey 3000 weathervanes.

And here is a photo taken in our workshop – that’s me MIG welding.