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Artis­tic prow­ess flows through met­al­worker Jerry Be­ment’s blood, but after 36 years of craft­ing his sig­na­ture sil­hou­ettes, he’s ready to pass the blow­torch to his equally tal­ented daugh­ter.

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Artis­tic prow­ess flows through met­al­worker Jerry Be­ment’s blood, but after 36 years, he’s ready to pass the blow­torch to his tal­ented daugh­ter.

What do cow­boys of the Wild West and im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings in the French style have in com­mon? If your an­swer is “not much,” then you don’t know Jerry Be­ment. A for­mer far­rier, this self-taught artist and met­al­worker is the great-nephew of renowned Amer­i­can artist Mary Cas­satt, who col­lab­o­rated with French im­pres­sion­ist Edgar De­gas. Though Jerry’s medium is metal, not paint, the fam­ily’s cre­ative lin­eage is ev­i­dent and con­tin­ues on through his teenaged daugh­ter, Jiggs.

“Jiggs is an awe­some artist and is ma­ture be­yond her years,” Jerry says with pride. “As I’m get­ting older and slow­ing down, she has started learn­ing the busi­ness from top to bot­tom. She does every­thing from tak­ing or­ders to de­sign work. She’s a pretty im­pres­sive 18-year-old.”

Jerry’s first foray into what be­came his life’s pas­sion was a weath­er­vane he crafted for a friend in 1980. “It was quite a bit eas­ier to make that than it was to shoe a horse, even though the art­work was all hand drawn and cut,” he says. “There weren’t any CNC [com­put­er­ized cut­ting] machines that are widely avail­able to­day. Now, we can scan an im­age and plasma-cut it, mak­ing our work faster, more af­ford­able and more con­sis­tent.”

In the late ’80s, Jerry stopped “horsing around,” jumped into his artis­tic ca­reer and JDub’s Me­tal­works was born. He started by ex­hibit­ing at con­sumer shows, trav­el­ing to key mar­kets in the West. His work was so pop­u­lar, he rou­tinely sold out of every­thing he brought.

In the mid-1990s, Jerry in­tro­duced cus­tom-crafted ar­chi­tec­tural bal­cony pan­els to his col­lec­tion, which were an im­me­di­ate hit – es­pe­cially in the log home mar­ket. He ex­panded to fire­place screens, signs, doors and gates. Ranch­ers were par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the lat­ter, com­mis­sion­ing him to craft grand en­tries to their prop­erty, and one of the most im­pres­sive greet­ings was to top the gate­way with the “30 Cow­boys.”

SHOWN HERE: From his Wash­ing­ton­state shop, JDub’s Me­tal­works, Jerry Be­ment has de­vel­oped a dis­tinc­tive style that’s re­quested the world over.

ABOVE: Eigh­teen-year-old Jiggs is the next gen­er­a­tion of artists

in this tal­ented fam­ily.

ABOVE: Jerry is the cre­ator of the orig­i­nal “30 Cow­boys,” which can be cus­tom­ized to con­tain as many rough rid­ers as you please.

ABOVE: An in­tri­cate steel-and-bronze fire screen Jerry wrought for the “House of Mouse.”

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