Welding

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When I was an apprentice at Dowty we were sent to Stroud College to learn some specialist skills and complete an electronics project. We decided to build a tracking solar panel that followed the sun. For this we needed a framework to support our mocked up panel. So I temporarily joined the metal work class and watched the demonstration of lots of different types of welding. I also learnt how to braze using Oxy-Acetylene. I practiced this on the framework for the tracker.

More recently I attended an evening class at Chelsea College of Art and Design with some other beginner welders where I built a giant flea sculpture using MIG welding.

After doing some research I bought a small DC TIG welder from R-Tech Welding who I also use for welding supplies. The reason for picking this is that it’s has less sparks so is safer for my small workshop and can be used on a wide variety of sizes of steel. I did not need to use the welder in a lot of different places so transporting the argon tank is not an issue. I have used this welder for variety welding projects in my workshop shed which you can see listed below. If you use MIG or TIG then I can definitely recommend getting a large refillable gas canister (in my case argon) as the small disposable canisters will run out quickly and it will become expensive very quickly. I found that even for a quick project such as my Obelisks that required multiple canisters.

Welded Sculptures

Welded Sculptures

I was reminded earlier this week that my welding course is actually “welding for artists” so I thought I’d look up some other artists who make welded sculptures. Johan JonssonJeff OwensDerek ArnoldKendall B. Polster – The Weld Guy Raking ManDavid

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Welding Week 2

Welding Week 2

For our second week of Artist Welding we got started with MIG welding and between the three of us managed to tack together a nautically inspired design seen at the front of the phonephoto below. We then moved on to

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Welding 1

Welding 1

First lesson in welding, experiments with a spot welder. Got to learn what can and can’t be done with a spot welder. Like all welding the joints will hold better if the metal is clean from rust or corrosion.

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Blacksmith Welding of Cast iron – Training in Paris Texas, USA

If your valentine asked to go to Paris this year, this was probably not what they were thinking of… James Allcorn reports: “When: Day 1 – Saturday, March 7, 2009; Day 2- Sunday, March 8 is optional if there is

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Welding Projects

Welding Projects

One of my work colleagues mentioned that he had a “arc welder” that he’d bought because he’d like to be able to weld. Perhaps he’d been watching flashdance that week or perhaps he’d had more charitable thoughts on his mind?

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