||Building a Wind Vane
A wind vane is really just a flat piece of metal or wood on a swivel
that catches the wind and points toward and away from the wind. You
have probably seen pictures of a wind vane on top of a
barn. It is usually shaped like a farm animal such as a horse or a
rooster. It usually has an arrow to point in the direction the wind
is blowing. However, wind is described in terms of where it is blowing
from. For example, a west wind blows east.
- 3 ft x 3 ft piece of thin wood or plastic
- bicycle wheel or skate wheel or lazy susan
- plastic or metal letters, “N, E, W, S”
- sand paper or file
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- Cut an interesting shape from wood or plastic. Be sure to include
a pointer. Round all edges except the bottom.
- Mount the shape to your chosen swivel.
- Install your wind vane on top of a tall pole or on the roof of a
shed or house.
- Keep a log of the wind direction as observed several times a day.