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PURPLE PLUTO WEATHERVANES (article first published : 2003-11-30)

Whilst visiting the Pietermaritzburg Agricultural Show one year, Alan Broli was very interested in a stand selling various designs of weathervanes made out of steel. After much thought he wondered what it would be like to make these vanes out of aluminum and tried his hand at making one for his own use.

Once installed on his roof, the weathervane caused much interest in his neighbourhood of Widenham and people were soon asking him to make more. He has now established a vibrant hobby of hand making various designs of weathervanes. From this first stand at the Maritzburg Oval Craft Market four years ago, Alan has found his designs to be very successful.

The weathervanes are each individually handcrafted. Made out of aluminum, they are rust free and can be installed on the chimney, roof or even in a “special spot” in the garden. They are maintenance free and come with a life-time warranty. The most popular designs are the Rooster and the Warthog. Along the KZN coast the Fisherman design seems to be proving very popular, but Alan will make to any specification. His delightful Garden Fairies will brighten up any garden. He also makes various designs of hanging-basket brackets but these are strictly made to order.

His work is to be found in homes all over RSA and Botswana, and he has even sold to international tourists. Contact him on 039 973 0212 or 083 5630 988.




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