Canoe Paddle Weather Vane

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Introduction: Canoe Paddle Weather Vane

About: Mops from sticks and rags. Cheap!

We're gonna make a cheap and funky weather vane, aka a wind vane, in the shape of a canoe paddle. Gather your materials from your junk bins and follow along.

Step 1: Parts Is Parts

Find a fan, a length of pipe and some scrap wood.

Step 2: Remove the Fan Blades

Cut away the fan blades to fit your pipe.

Step 3: The Rotating Parts Are Done

This is the essence of your easy rotating wind vane.

Step 4: Assemble and Fly

Some screws, a couple of nuts and bolts, and you're ready for the wind.

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    Using a case fan as the bearing (or bushing) makes me think this could become a wind power generator. But I suspect that the elements will take their toll pretty quickly on the fan... Traditional weather vanes just have a rod with a single ball bearing at its tip, stuck up inside a tube coming down out of the vane itself, and some of them are still spinning after hundreds of years, which suggests that sturdiness beats smoothness in the long run.

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    My weathervane is still...er, vaning. The T grip on the canoe paddle blew off last month though. I really should snap a new photo.

    Yes, I'm curious to see if it'll last the whole summer. It's now mounted in a bit more secure location (no rocks holding the base down anymore, lol), but it's easily accessible with a step ladder. I painted the paddle black and it looks better. I may bring it in for the winter if it does last that long, paint one side silver and see if the solar heat would make it rotate inside next to a window. I don't think I could find a big enough vacuum sphere to stick it in though!

    Thanks - I'm going to post a better cover shot soon, assuming a gale doesn't destroy it before I can grab my camera, lol.