Barred Owls Weathervane – Rawson Residence
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This is the image I chose to base the weathervane on – D. Ferro
The weathervane’s creation will be a collaboration between Dave Ferro and Jon Vieira.
A rough mock-up was made first to determine the best size, shape, and texture for the three dimensional sculptures.
Each piece is done organically. It is designed, made, sometimes remade, then agreed on before moving to the next piece.
We are more than happy with the texture and body but the face and eyes aren’t right.
Jon’s idea for the small feathers about the head and shoulders looks great.
The baby owl proceeds much quicker now that we have a solid vision.
The shape, size, and texture of the wings has to be just right or the whole sculpture will be wrong.
Mamma Owl with her striking new face and wings.
The owls and branch are tried in different positions until the best pose is found.
The aesthetics of the branch must be just right also. Too simple or too much and it could take away from the owls.
The owls and branch are done and starting to come alive. Now to add some laves to the branch.
Some bronze and verdigris finishes really help to wake it up.
Everything is just right. There be life here!
A masterful work.
The weathervane is magnificent! The detail is amazing. Everyone who has seen it thus far is very impressed. Rest assured that we love it and stand in awe of your wonderful creativity. – M. Rawson
Jon is one of the world’s up and coming weathervane sculptors. His pieces are solid, beautiful examples of a traditional trade. His work often goes home with him as chasing has become a hobby for him. Jon usually handles the larger and more complex pieces.
David Ferro is recognized as one of the world’s premier weathervane artists, historians and teachers. His weathervanes crown Rooftops worldwide. His styles and techniques have pioneered the art of weathervane making for nearly 3 decades.