Weather vane silhouettes
Weather vane is an architectural decorative element that is placed on top of buildings. Except for its generally decorative role, it is also functional as it indicates wind direction. Its structure consists of two sub-assemblies: The first consists of a fixed tube attached to the roof, with welded pointers of cardinal directions; the second is another tube that can be rotated within the fixed tube, with a weather vane silhouette mounted on it. The weather vane silhouette is both decorative and functional, as it is designed to swing easily and point to the direction from which the wind is blowing. This is achieved by having a balanced mass of equal weight, but with an unequal area for catching the wind.
On this page you can download 51 different weather vane silhouette designs, out of which you will definitely find your favorite in case you decide to make an interesting roof decoration for your house. Just to make clear one more thing: This is not a plan for a weather vane, but patterns for weather vane silhouettes in digital form only. These can be edited or scaled in any CAD or vector software, and they can be cut by hand or using a CNC machine.
All the weather vane silhouettes have been drawn using images from the following old books:
- Weathervanes by Todhunter (Published 1924)
- Beautiful ornaments for home, farm, cottage (Published 1920)
- Handcrafted metal ornaments for your home and garden (Published 1950)
Should the given choice of silhouettes not make you absolutely happy, you can easily draw any other you prefer. Find a picture that you like, import it into a 2D CAD or vector software and trace its contours. The procedure is the same as with the making of scroll saw or papercut patterns.
Weather vane silhouettes are Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and you can download them in 2D CAD (.dwg) or vector (.svg and .eps) file formats.