GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- When you are retired you are going to have some free time.

Some people try new hobbies like golf or tennis, and then there is Francine Kavanaugh.

She decided to pick up a welder and now there is no turning back.

“Get involved in something,” she said. “It doesn’t have to really make a difference what, just find your passion, and go for it!”

That is what she told herself 9 years ago when she decided to do something wild.

After a career in the mortgage and retail world, Kavanaugh now wields a welder at 77-years-old.

It all started when she took a welding class at Mesa Community College.

Kavanaugh works from home making small metal sculptures of animals or leaves.

She’s good too! Her work is featured in local art galleries.

“You can cart them to different shows, and they are just easy,” she said. “Easy for me to work with.”

She loves metal because you can bend it, twist it and if things go bad, she said you can throw it away.

Kavanaugh has always been artistic and even briefly owned an art gallery.

And while that was cool she’s always wanted to do more.

“I always wanted, it was a desire to, have my own work in a shop, so hear I am,” she said. “Isn’t that a hoot!”

To see more of Kavanaugh’s work, check out her website and her Instagram.

An Arizona native, born and raised in Mesa, and graduate of Arizona State University, meteorologist Ian Schwartz brings you the forecast weekday mornings on CBS 5 This Morning.

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Hey Ian Schwartz, a "blowtorch" uses gas to weld. Looks to me it is a plasma welder, and she has a grounding terminal on the table which proves it is electric welder.

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