Great State: Southwest Silhouettes

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WELLSTON, OKLAHOMA -- In anyone would know about cutting and burning it would have to be someone like Shane Glover.

He's pretty good with a plasma cutter.

When he gets everything set just right, his torch cuts through sheet metal like he's sketching a picture on a piece of paper. He just can't use an eraser.

"It just blows through the metal like butter," he says.

Three years ago he had a good job building jet engines at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City.

The job helped pay for the cabin in the woods, but the fire that burned inside was always hottest on a work table at home.

So he cut the ties, burned the bridge, and quit his steady job.

"I'm glad I did," he smiles. "I'm having fun and making a living doing it."

Glover didn't know if he'd done the right thing until his first art show in Edmond.

He recalls, "People really seemed to like my stuff. I was getting a lot of compliments and that really made me feel good."

He calls his business Southwest Silhouettes.

Shane and his family hit the road in the Spring and Fall traveling to art shows in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

"I try to stay in state," he says.

Every piece he cuts is unique.

Glover doesn't use stamp machines, just his hand following the lines he draws on metal.

His buffalo and deer sell quickest. His huge, sheet metal trees draw a lot of attention.

But we like the process itself, the burning away of something with no shape to reveal something else entirely.

The end result, in this case, is pretty too.

If you're interested in seeing more of Glover's work he's on Facebook at Southwest Silhouettes.