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Steel Sculptures

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Jerry Smith of Coal Valley says one man's junk truly is another man's treasure. His inventory consists of knives and spoons, horseshoes, and items that he gets from an auto salvage yard. What Jerry does is weld those items into steel sculptures.

Jerry has been welding, off and on, for years. He uses a torch to heat the steel to about a thousand degrees. Using plyers, he twists and turns, shaping the steel and converting it into art.

In the last year, he has welded a number of pieces, including a grasshopper, golfer, fisherman, sunflower, along with a dog and cat. The cat is made out of horseshoes and the dog from steel piping and a hammer head.  He used the steel wheel from a piece of farming equipment to make the sunflower. Jerry also paints the sculptures.

He says this hobby is a great way to relax. He has made more than fifty sculptures in the last year. Smith says seeing people smile after they get a look at his work makes it all worthwhile.