Denninger offers Silhouette Weather Vanes in any design you can imagine.
Past commissions have included: a 5' Pig; wildlife such as a Tiger, a Heron and a Timber Wolf;
a Phoenix for the owners of a California house which was "raised from the ashes"; and a good ol' Mule.
The proud, alert stance of "man's best friend" makes a dog the perfect subject for a weather vane,
and we have crafted a Beagle, a Bedlington Terrier, an English Setter and a Papillon, among others.
Every handcrafted vane is signed and dated by A. H. Denninger,
one of America's foremost blacksmith/weather vane makers.
Sizes range from:
The prices for these sizes range from about $550 - $1,500.
Extra-large sizes (such as the Tiger) and more detailed ornaments (like the Witch) will be priced accordingly.
Mule Small size
Our customer wanted to surprise her brother-in-law with a Mule weather vane
for his birthday.
First she had to snitch a piece of his stationery from his desk,
so we could use the drawing on the letterhead for the pattern!
Beagle Medium size
From our customers in New City, NY, "Now Monty, the Beagle, will really rule the roost; he bosses everyone around as is, including our huge Labrador."
English Setter Large size
This weather vane of "Choccolocco Chief", a champion English Setter, was taken from a show photograph.
Pig Extra large size
The whopping 5' aluminum Pig weather vane was made for the Child Care Center at Ortho Pharmaceutical in Somerset, NJ.
Halloween Witch 30" long
Here's a fun example of one of our silhouette weather vanes. Mrs. Ochman, born on Halloween, wanted a weather vane for her gazebo that would combine a cat and a moon, along with the traditional "witch on a broom". Beth faxed a drawing for her approval, and after a few more phone calls and sketches they came up with this Halloween Witch weather vane. The witch actually has a "sweet grandmotherly" face, as Mrs. Ochman requested!
This style was popular from the 1700's right up to the Victorian era, and is also very striking with contemporary vanes.
Diagram A - Headblock only
(Old Diagram #1)
Traditional mounting of a weather vane into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof.
This is the "old fashioned" traditional way of mounting a weather
vane. It is still suitable today for smaller vanes up to 36" wide. Our
basic 28 1/2" rod allows for at least 8" - 9" of rod to be
wedged and caulked into a solid headblock or ridgepole, and 16" - 20"
of rod exposed above the apex of roof.
Diagram B - Headblock & Brace
(Old Diagram #4)
A preferred traditional mount into the solid headblock of a cupola, tower, turret or gazebo, or into the ridgepole of a roof using a brace for extra strength.
Prepare your roof ahead with this headblock and brace system, for an easy and very secure mount. This mount is suitable for any size weather vane. Our basic 28 1/2" brass rod allows for at least 8" - 9"of rod inside the roof, and 16" - 20" of rod exposed above the apex of the roof. A nail is used to pin the rod to the brace. Larger sized vanes will need proportionally heavier and longer rods.
Shipped in the USA and Worldwide via UPS or best way.
Your shipping costs will only be the actual carrier charges,determined upon size and weight of packed carton(s).
Largest sizes may require a wooden crate, and item will be sent via Truck.
Call for delivery schedule - each item is individually handcrafted for you.
We use recycled and repurposed packing materials whenever possible.