Crown Your Home with a Weathervane by Tuck & Holand
Although the weathervane has a history that dates back to Ancient Greece, for many of us the image of a weathervane shaped like a rooster spinning on top of a barn conjures up nostalgia for rural Americana. Though many weathervane designs were deliberately humorous, in the days before instant weather updates these devices had an important meteorological function.
You may no longer need a weathervane to keep track of shifts in the wind but you can still crown your home with a custom metalworking project that can be as whimsical or personal as you like. CustomMade artisan Anthony Holand of Tuck & Holand has crafted stunning weathervanes using a traditional copper repoussé technique for many distinguished clients, including a custom Velociraptor design for Steven Spielberg. From the confluence of prehistory and show biz to the pageantry of an equestrian “3 Day Eventer,” take a look at some of the subjects Mr. Holand has captured in custom metal.
A rural hunting scene may be a natural fit for a weathervane design, but your project can also be personalized with the likeness of your favorite hunter. This “Setter and Grouse” weathervane was based off a photo of the client’s own dog. This client decided to have a mantel custom made to display the weathervane as a centerpiece.
If you’d like to add a touch of rural Americana to your home, you can commission a weathervane based on an authentic antique design. The seven-piece copper and palladium leaf “School of Fish” weathervane was inspired by a 19th century piece in the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA. This weathervane, with the bluefish designed to swim in the breeze, won the 2006 Pride of Place Gallery Competition for Gilded Statuary, sponsored by Sepp Leaf Products Inc., and is a numbered edition.
Have you ever considered a custom made metal family portrait? This mermaid weathervane portrays a client’s three daughters as mermaids. Each figure not only engages in a distinct activity and pose but also swims in the wind independently.
Contact Tuck & Holland if you’d like your own weathervane or other custom metal furniture or find a CustomMade artisan closer to your home. If you happen by Martha’s Vineyard, MA, stop and see why the State House of Representatives has officially designated Tuck & Holand as one of the “1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts.”