Mail Truck Weathervane – Horn Collection
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The customer supplied technical drawings and photos of his personally restored 1931 Mail Truck are going to be a great help.
Just like the real thing, it starts with the chassis. Jon has expertly shaped the sheet copper to resemble the original beams.
Making the floor and walls of the box compartment is next.
Once the individual parts are prefabbed, assembling the box is quick and easy.
Double check placement with the drawings then attach the box to the chassis.
Creating the engine cover and grill detail.
The 5 wheels are tedious work. They are detailed down to the holes in the rims and treads. All done by hand.
We believe it is worth putting the work into the undercarriage of a vehicle weathervane because that is what you see from below once it’s up on the roof.
A few seconds of video of Jon working on one of the fenders.
With the bulk of the truck done, there are countless small details to figure out, make, and attach.
Cutting and shaping the glass panels for the windows.
After weeks of work, it is really starting to come together.
A Ferro custom made copper 1931 Mail Truck Weathervane!
Right down to the security window grate and brass padlock on the door!
She’s pretty, but built strong too.
“We are so thrilled with the weather vane.
We take it along to our shows and display it with the mail truck.”
– E. Horn
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.