Meet Heather McLarty. She has one of the coolest gigs in the world. Can you guess what it is? For those of you that haven’t a clue from looking at the photo I’ll offer a hint. Swinging away at hot metal is her passion, and glorious pieces of art are the results. That’s right- it’s on the tip of your tongue but you’ve probably never uttered the word. Blacksmith!! Despite appearances, you don’t want to mess with her in any dark alleys. She’s strong, she’s lean, she’s creative, she’s one of the best in the country, and her art is spectacular. When she isn’t working on huge installations like the gorgeous Gate at Occidental College she can be found in her backyard tepee amongst all the tools of her trade. She’s one of the coolest women around working with some of the hottest matter on the planet. Enjoy these photos and make sure to check out the links.
And if this isn’t enough- her husband Troy creates gorgeous leather bags to keep the art in the family. Plus he’s an actor. From Montana. And cool as well!