Crafts in focus: meet French weathervane-maker Thierry Soret

Meet the French weathervane-maker Thierry Soret, who has been crafting for a decade.
Meet the French weathervane-maker Thierry Soret, who has been crafting for a decade.

‘Every weathervane I make has a personal story to tell’ says weathervane-maker Thierry Soret.

A girouettier makes girouettes – weathervanes – recognised as a skilled craft by the Institut National des Métiers d’Art. There are now only around half a dozen such artisans in France who earn their living solely from this. Jane Hanks talks to one.

A family tradition

Girouettier Thierry Soret still works in the workshop where he first saw his grand-father making weathervanes. He said: “He started when he was a soldier in the trenches during World War One. The men would make things out of what they found lying around to pass the time and they used the weathervanes to warn them what direction poisonous gases would come from. I started making them when I was aged about 12. Then, when I was in my teens, locals would ask me to make one for them. When I was 25, I set myself up as an artisan d’art-girouettier. I’m 50 now and have never been short of work.”

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