This is a real working weathervane. They are all made with pride by a small family business located in the US. The weathervane is made of a strong 16 gauge steel. The top of the weathervane pivots on a strong stainless steel pin. The wind-cups have a sealed ball bearing that will spin with the slightest breeze. The entire weathervane is covered with coppervein colored powder coat paint. Baked on Paint.