With the advent of the plasma torch, a new form of art has emerged, sheet metal art. With the right artist (or welder), some interesting and extremely durable forms of metal art can be made. Many works of art carry Western or Native motifs as much metal art is made in the western portions of America by good ol’ cowboys and others who want to tell the story of the West in their Western Metal Art. The following video is giving a good idea of what it takes to start with Sheet Metal Art:
When one thinks of western metal art, images of cowboys, prospectors, and Native Americans come to mind. There are many offerings of different sheet metal cut images of the People of the West. There are cowboys in a number of different activities from roping to hunting to kneeling in prayer.
One of the more popular items is a cowboy holding his saddle in 3D relief which serves as a hose holder for the yard hose. You may also be impressed by Native American art pieces. This form of rustic or western metal art comes in a variety of sizes and can be delivered painted, primed for you to paint, or natural steel. The natural steel is very interesting as it can be allowed to oxidize (rust) into a beautiful natural look and then sealed with lacquer to stop the process. Some artists and owners of the pieces accelerate this “aging” by spraying the metal with salt water.