Social Media and Welding Connections

One of the things we love most about the internet here at is that it allows us to connect with fabricators around the world!  We’ve shipped TIG, MIG and or Plasma Arc Welding accessories to just about every country around the world. Now with the popularity of social media, we not only connect with fabricators through our webstore, we get to see their work when they post photos on social networks like  Facebook, Instagram.

We’ve connected with some amazing and fun fabricators, here’s just a few who regularly comment and share with us:

One of our Instagram followers is Midnight Metal Craft in Roseville, Michigan.

Here’s just a taste of their work, these fine looking candle holders (pictured left)!  Check out their Facebook page for more awesome pics.



Another of our favorites is ToxicFab out of Kemah, Texas.   They lay some pretty impressive beads (see photo on the right).  They also have an impressive number of Instagram folllowers (and with pics like these, it’s no wonder!) not to mention Facebook Fans!

Untitled-2Another of our welding connections also hails from Texas: Isaac Carrion who offers welding and repair services.  You’ll find him posting pics of some of the heavy equipment repair jobs he’s out on and you can follow him on Instagram too!


leafAnd yes, fellow female fabricators,  we do have women welders who we connect with also.  Lea Fales is a designer, sculptor, and student (though she’s finishing up soon!) in Florida who works in metal.  And check her out (pictured right) Isn’t she sexy!


And last, but not least for this welding connection roundup, our friend from Down Under (that’s Australia), Weldporn, who celebrates great welders, and great welds on his Instagram account every day. And has started up his own welding apparel business too!

And if you’re looking for the more traditional welding connections, like the connectors that get your TIG torch hooked up to your welding machine, or that connect your welding power cables, and gas and water lines…  check out the welding connectors section over at (sorry, had to get our own product plug in there somehow!).

And you can find Arc-Zone on Instagram, and on Facebook as well!  We’ll post about company news, new welding products, and we may share your story!


Welding Table Connections

Connections and hookups month (aka our interpretation of Valentines Day!) continues with this celebration of the newest addition to our store… the complete line of StrongHand(TM) Tools welding tables from the amazing BuildPro to the portable yet rugged Nomad table.  In fact, we’re so excited, we’re giving away a  welding table over on our site!

the BuildPro modular welding table

The top-of-the-line modular BuildPro welding table is modular and  designed to grow with your business. It’s also  easy to set up (each panel only weighs 40 lbs) and there are some incredible fixturing kits (connectors and clamps) to will help you with any welding project you can dream up! Continue reading

New Rosies revisited: Debra Montgomery

Debra Montgomery, woman welderOur theme for February, in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, is connections and hook-ups… in the broadest (and cleanest) sense of the words.  Back in 2008 we began profiling women welders here.  I thought it would be fun to catch up with some of those fabulous female fabricators and see where they are now.

We met our first woman welder over on mySpace (is anyone still on mySpace?)  Anyway, her handle was SteelWitch, aka Debra Montgomery.  She answered a question I’d had about welding copper (copper, it turned out, was her metal “crush,” not steel as her handle implied).  Debra and her husband Eric had a custom fab shop in the Sierras near Sequoia National Park and one of their specialties–  kitchen hoods made of copper.  I asked her how things were going….

Carmen:  Do you still have a fab shop with your husband?  and how has the economy treated you?

Debra:  Yes, Eric and I still run The Metal Shoppe. The economy has been a little challenging. There were were some touch and go times, but things have picked back up and I think we are going into our best year yet in 2014. We have been working in the Los Angeles area, the Bay area and down in San Diego to name a few locations. We have also had some local work pick back up again. We feel like our website has been instrumental in keeping our business afloat. It really expands the potential clientele base! For example have shipped our hoods as far away as New York and Colorado this past year. Continue reading

New Year, New Arc-Zone Website

Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, the beginning of a new year always seems like a great time for new things. At we’ve unveiled a redesigned website.  It’s got a ton of new features in response to customer feedback–features that take advantage of technological improvements. We’re really excited about the new site, and hope you will be too!

Mobile Responsive Design

Our new site is designed to work wherever YOU work!  The site is optimized for mobile devices like laptops, iPads and other tablets, and even smartphones.  Now if you’re out in the field, you’ll find placing an order will be a breeze!  Especially with our improved navigation, simplified with Fly-Out menus, and quick search that will return accurate results making sure you find the product you need for your welding job.

the mobile website goes mobile!

Shopping Cart Widget

You’ll also find an improved shopping cart process, including a roving shopping cart featured in the header and a “Save for Later” feature.   Continue reading

A few of our favorite (welding) things

Believe it or not, at Arc-Zone we do get calls every year from folks who are not welders, but have welders in their life that they want to get a gift for.  So over the years we’ve come up with lists of items that make great gifts, our favorite welding things.

Now that I’ve written that title, I can’t get the Sound of Music song out of my head…

But really, this is a post about welding accessories–there is still time to get the welder in your life something special, or share this post with someone who wants to know what to get YOU.

Of course the easiest, and quickest gift is the gift card, good for any welding accessory in our store. And, we’ll deliver it via email!

the Gift Card

If you don’t delay and have time for shipping, one of my favorite items in our store is the BSX HelmetCatch(TM) backpack… it’s rugged enough for welding in the field, and it’s stylish.  The special compartment protects your welding helmet, and the rest of the bag, and the fact that it is a backpack allows you to easily carry all your welding tools to your shop or jobsite.

BSX Helmet Catch welding bag

You’ll find some more great welding gift ideas over on the blog: or browse the site (pay special attention to the Welding Apparel for women).

Welding Apparel for Women

Given the continued projected shortage of skilled welders, one can only expect the number of women in the welding industry to grow…  and with that growth, a demand for welding apparel that fits well.

AngelFire welding apparel for women

AngelFire welding apparel for women

We all know that women are shaped differently than men.  But did you know that AngelFire is not the only welding apparel for women?

Miller is introducing a new women’s line of their Arc Armor® apparel.

We are excited to see more options for women who weld in terms of apparel. Continue reading