In architecture, a cupola is a relatively small,
most often dome-like, structure on top of a
building. Originally in the early 17th century
it was designed to provide a lookout and
later to admit light and air, it usually crowns
a larger roof or dome.
A lightning rod (US, AUS, CDA) or lightning
conductor (UK) is a metal rod mounted on a
structure and intended to protect the
structure from a lightning strike. If lightning
hits the structure, it will preferentially strike
the rod and be conducted to ground through
a wire, instead of passing through the
structure, where it could start a fire or cause
electrocution. Lightning rods are also called
finials, air terminals or strike termination
devices. In Medieval Times it was rumoured
to stop witches landing on the rooftop.
The Broadmead cap
is aptly named after
the style of Chimney
Cap used in the
Broadmead area of
Raven Metal produces a variety of custom caps, custom cupolas and custom finials for residential applications.
All Raven Metal Custom work are hand-made on Vancouver Island. Touch the photo for a close-up and select
the title to open the printable PDF of the selected piece.
Serving Vancouver Island
and the lower mainland since 1998