Gotta have a Weathervane!! Great prezzy for Grandad, Dad, Mum or the whole family
We love these things and we’re sure you’ll treasure this professionally made gem from New Zealand
The Rooster (call him Jerry; we did !) weathervane is great for your house, school, bowls club, golf club and any other club plus a myriad other locations; this is indeed a unique present and the rooster won’t upset the neighbours either.
In fact Jerry has been rushing out the door and over 4000 of these little beauties have been sold (not all by us) so they must be good
A great present from New Zealand (they do things well there!) and likely to last a long time!
Comes in a beautifully presented box and looks the part for any gift occasion
The rooster needs to be somewhere close where you can wish him the compliments of the day. Actually it’s a very comforting feeling to see the rooster happily swinging this way and that into the prevailing breeze and knowing he’ll be in the same spot when you arrive back
- Comes in Black ~ you can use your artistic skills to colour it up if you wish
- Unassembled size 42cm ~ height 45cm being big enough to get noticed but without being too obtrusive
- Comes in a beautifully presented gift box with a carrying handle
- Comes with a booklet of comprehensive instructions and weather facts
- Warranted against defects
- Not likely to crack up nor take off any time soon
Enter Boris Weathervane from Germany
Boris has been a crowd favourite and is a very colourful chap and put together with the precision that the Germans are renowned for with many of the features that we discovered with Gerry
- Size 45cm x 45cm
- Well presented gift box
- Has the advantage of Brass internals for ultra responsive movement in the wind
- Has compass points although comes with an ‘O’ for East (meaning Oust in German)
A weathervane is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind. They are typically used as an architectural ornament to the highest point of a building. Although partly functional, weathervanes are generally decorative, often featuring the traditional cockerel design (like this one) with letters indicating the points of the compass. The word ‘vane’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘fane’ meaning ‘flag’. Oh and by the way it is suggested that a weathervane has the points of the compass showing whilst a windvane does not
The design of a weathervane is such that the weight is evenly distributed each side of the surface, but the surface area is unequally divided, so that the pointer can move freely on its axis. The side with the larger area is blown away from the wind direction. The pointer is therefore always on the smaller side (a northerly wind is one that blows from the north). Weathervanes especially those with fanciful shapes, do not always show the real direction of a very gentle wind. This is because the figures do not achieve the necessary design balance: an unequal surface area but balanced in weight.
To obtain an accurate reading, the weathervane must be located well above the ground and away from buildings, trees and other objects which interfere with the true wind direction. Changing wind direction can be meaningful when coordinated with other apparent sky conditions, enabling the user to make simple short range forecasts
Some Australian Background
Weathervanes are not a big item on houses in this country in contrast to Europe and indeed North America, blessed as we are with all sorts of other roof gizmos including TV aerials, air conditioners and such like to grace our buildings. We hope to gradually change attitudes and get you to appreciate these wonderful moving roof ornaments
Courtesy EPI NZ
Assembly is relatively easy. Open the box and have a good look at all the component parts (there aren’t many). Get the N-S and place it on top of the W-E. Then the rooster is placed on top of the “spindle” or “axle” on which it spins pointing into the wind. There are a number of methods of attaching the weathervane to a house, fence etc. The assembled weathervane can sit on the top of a dowel (like a broom handle), it will need to be screwed into position so that the whole weathervane doesn’t rotate; it must be fixed and only the rooster should move. There is a small indentation in the base which is where the screw needs to be placed – you may need to drill a hole out.
The broom handle (cut down to size) or dowel then can be fixed to the side of a house or fence. Alternatively, a small block of wood could have a socket drilled out, using a “lock hole drilling attachment” to a drill (not sure what that is!). The hole into which the dowel is placed should not go all the way through the wooden block as preferably two screws need to come up from the bottom to hold the dowel in place. Alternatively it could be glued into place with one of the many products in the market. The block is then screwed to the top of the house or turret… MAKE SURE THAT THE “N” FOR NORTH IS ACTUALLY POINTING TO THE NORTH; if you have a compass please use it rather than guess north
Weathervane Rooster ‘Gerry’ in Black from New Zealand
$79.90 + Postage
Weathervane Rooster ‘Boris’ Multi-coloured from Germany
$89.90 + Postage
Please do not get these (Plastic) Rooster Weathervanes confused with a steel or wrought iron Weathervanes in relation to pricing as the latter versions will set you back from $300-400 or more! We can do these also but there will be a waiting time
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