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Remember that old saying —  “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Well, when it comes to scrap metal and local artist Dan McCauley, the saying still rings true.

About nine years ago McCauley’s love for welding and his vivid imagination led him on a somewhat unconventional path, making realistic metal sculptures all out junk.

He first decided to build a 30-foot Tyrannosaurus rex out of rusty lawnmower blades and other random parts and erect it in his front yard. Realizing what he was capable of, it quickly became a passion. Then that passion turned to into profit when he sold a set of dinosaurs to a museum in Ohio, where he was living at the time.

But McCauley really started to hone his craft when he moved to Humboldt about three years ago. His work, which typically depicts animals, has popped up all over the place, and he’s steadily made his mark as a reputable and generous artist.

Most recently he donated a giant Chinook salmon to the Clarke Museum for an auction, and will now have a permanent collection inside the museum at the Eureka Visitors Center. He’ll be there this Saturday Dec. 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. for a meet and greet.

But first: In this LoCO Video Report we learn more about this man behind the metal, get visit his workshop and see him in action!