Larry McCaffrey: Metal Sculptor
Mr. McCaffrey’s working years was spent in the demanding craft of industrial sheet metal. This may not seem like the ideal avenue to a successful second career as a fine artist, but it’s worked out precisely that way for Larry McCaffrey.
For much of McCaffrey’s life, art was a back-burner curiosity which he never had time to fully explore. The traveling life of his trade-he worked around the United States as far east as Kentucky and Michigan-left little time for artistic pursuits.
Later, a dozen years spent cruising the West Coast aboard a sailboat with his wife, Darlene, provided many delights but no space for the equipment necessary to produce his art. But when the voyaging was done and the McCaffreys retired to Sequim, Washington, Larry at last found the time and space for his artistic dreams.
His process begins with an idea gleaned from sketches. The next step is a scale pattern from poster board pieces which are fit together. The cutting of the metal with a plasma arc is followed by the forming. The welding with TIG (tungsten inert gas) or MIG (mechanical inert gas) comes next and then the finishing. All of his work is either stainless steel or powder coated mild steel. Each suitable for outdoor display.
Displaying at the Blue Whole Gallery in Sequim, McCaffrey has seen his work flow to the collections of a growing list of satisfied customers.
If you are interested in purchasing one of Larry’s art works, contact the Blue Whole Gallery @ 360.681.6033.