Photo courtesy of Colby Clippinger Knox County Career Center student Austin Clippinger created this metal fish sculpture.

Photo courtesy of Colby Clippinger

Knox County Career Center student Austin Clippinger created this metal fish sculpture.

 

MOUNT VERNON — Austin Clippinger, a senior in the welding/metal fabrication program at the Knox County Career Center, has discovered that metal working is more than just a trade — it is an art form.

This past summer he traveled to Worden, Montana, and apprenticed under architectural welder, metal artist and designer Andy Parent of Ironox Inc. During his time in Montana, working with Parent, he built wall sconces and a chandelier out of old metal irrigation wheels and piping for a multi-million dollar cabin near Red Lodge. He also had the privilege of flying on a customer’s private jet to Swan Lake to look at Parent’s next project.

 

Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or pschehl@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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