Sugarcane Wagon Weathervane; Folse Estate – completed
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Based on the Mule drawn sugarcane wagons of Cajun Country. “My Grandfather and Great-Grandfather hauled their cut sugarcane out of the swamps using wooden carts pulled by a mule. The cane was stacked high in the wagon and then hauled to the sugar factory. I’m very excited to have you creating my “Sugar Shack” syrup mill Weathervane which I know is being constructed now. The early 1890’s grinding equipment has been totally restored for this building. The building will house all antique equipment needed to grind sugarcane to extract the juice which is then boiled into cane syrup. Your mule driven Cane Wagon Weathervane will be a story in itself. Know how much I treasure your artistry and attention to detail. I love your work.”
The preliminary design for the mule drawn sugarcane wagon.
Hand cutting the mule parts from sheet copper .
Mules parts ready for assembly.
The Mule is coming to life.
Starting on the wagon.
The mule, wagon and arrow are together.
Several parts are formed by hand to create the driver figure.
The cart is done and the driver has been added. He looks tired from hauling sugarcane.
Figuring out how to make the sugarcane look right has been a challenge.
It looks straight out of the past.
Applying the chemical wash to create the first part of the finish.
The Completed Mule drawn Sugarcane Wagon Weathervane.
The Cane Wagon Weathervane is up and in place, operating as expected. Your work is exceptional to say the least. Please thank your artist for their magnificent work. The Cane Wagon is a masterpiece in my eyes. Thanks and now on to the next Weathervane project. An old friend once remarked that “the best has no equal” and I agree totally. You are in fact, the best and the best has no equal! -J. Folse