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Welder blends metal art with the practical

The world has many types of art, and JoAnne Rudolph of Chino Valley has discovered a way to recycle and make art at the same time with her impressive horseshoe sculptures.

JoAnne’s riding partner is also a horse-shoer who of course has an abundance of old horseshoes, which she gave to JoAnne.

“I started collecting used horse shoes from different farriers and came up with the idea of welding them to make horse shoe art,” said JoAnne.

“It’s so interesting to me to see the different types and sizes of horse shoes that farriers use,” she added.

JoAnne had recently taken some welding classes at Yavapai College to help her boyfriend with his mobile welding service, which came in handy making use of the old horse shoes.

“The preparation of the horse shoes is the most time consuming part. The welding doesn’t take me that long and there isn’t a lot of cleaning because the object is for the piece to look rustic. All of my art is hand transportable, low maintenance, and cost affordable,” she explained.

JoAnne creates flowers, wind chimes, prickly pear and saguaro cacti, Christmas trees, and sprinkler head locators from her collection of horse shoes.

“I’m hoping to be able to support my passion for horses (she owns five) by being able to sell more of my artwork,” JoAnne smiled.

She thought of going on e-bay, but really wanted to use a local outlet to sell her work, which now is on display at Chino Valley Trading Post in town.

JoAnne moved to Chino Valley in 1993 because of the ruralness and there

was room to ride her horses.

“There’s still room to ride out there, you just have to go further to find it,” she said.

In the future, JoAnne would like to attempt to make other pieces of horse shoe art such as hanging baskets, and end tables for patios and decks.

“It very important to me that people know that my pieces are handmade and each one is an original. I like creating this type of art to try and maintain some of the rural ambiance of this area,” said JoAnne.

JoAnne can be reached at 636-9296.

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