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.
Raven Metal produces a variety of custom cupolas and custom finials for residentialapplications. All Raven Metal Custom work is 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.Email or fax to us firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com fax ro 250-652-5169 (South Island) or 250-929-1111 (Cowichan Valley)
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.