Boca Bearings Workshop Up-Cycled Weather Vane Intro

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Boca Bearings Workshop Up-Cycled Weather Vane Intro

Jan 20, 2017

Cory Oliver


My name is Joseph Prosnitz and I am undertaking a Weather Vane Build as a Bocca Bearings project
 
There is a long history of weather vanes as you can read about on wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_vane
 
*Fun fact they are often called weather cocks because they are in the shape of a rooster on top of churches.*
 
 
 
These wind measuring devices are both ornamental and indicate the general direction of wind. I have always liked that they catch the eye on a windy day. This will be my first build of one. I researched how they are traditionally constructed and discovered they are fairly simple. I decided to reuse a bicycle I had lying in the shop as it had been crashed. The greatest difficulties I foresee are the weight considerations as a vane that is too heavy won’t track the wind at low speeds. I hope to offset this by minimizing rolling resistance. More on this later.
 
My goals for this project :
 
1. build a weather vein
2. up-cycle a used bike
3. create a piece of outdoor art
4. experiment with bearings

 

Primary tools used: 
 
angle grinder
 
bench grinder
 
 
mig welder (you don’t need a spool gun like the one pictured)
 
 
welding table
bench vice
Scissors
 
 
Parts: used bicycle wheel

 

 
used bicycle fork
bicycle races 
 
metal tube
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Scrap metal
 
vinyl 
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