Nestor: An African Welder Transforming His Community

Why are the Trades Key to Sustainable Community Transformation?

An Oklahoma based, non-profit has executed on its vision of “putting communities on a path toward self-sufficiency.” – water4.org/what-we-do/  Pouring money into band-aid or one time fixes, only solves a crises for a moment in time. When the leaders of our industries, local communities, or countries take the time to evaluate the human capital (or people resources) available to solve local problems, both big & small, they gain the traction needed to fabricate long term, sustainable solutions that provide opportunities for the very people they support.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration to guide your way or just your day, check-out this story about Nestor, the Togolese Welder who’s simultaneously built a business and helped solve the water crises that plagues his community in Togo. How can you use your own 2 hands to make a difference?

A little bit about Nestor:  He was born into a family of Togolese blacksmiths, and since childhood he aspired to achieve more than his father and ancestors. In the early years, Nestor worked all morning and night for just less than a dollar a day. In 1995, he built his own small shop, but he had very little consistent business, which made it difficult to survive each month. In 2010, an opportunity with Water4 gave roots to Nestor’s dream. The first piece he created for Water4 was the cross-piece for the surface assemble of a water pump. Through the hard work of Nestor and other tradesmen, 106 wells were drilled in Togo in 2014, bringing access to clean water to more than 10,000 people! (All credits for the story about Nestor and about the Water4 organization belong to Water4.org)

It’s easy to feel lost and powerless in our great big, lumbering, global economy.  But the power to positively transform our communities and our lives, lies within each of us. Why can’t our local trade associations work with local small business owners, metal-workers, and students to create tangible goods, tools, complete solutions that benefit our communities at large. We have the power to bridge a pathway to recover from job losses due to innovation, outsourcing, automation, and paradigm changes. How can we take what we know, build upon it, and develop our own plans to harness opportunities and solve problems?

Maybe your passion isn’t to work with people across the globe; maybe instead it’s to give a hand up to those we see when as we drive across town. What can we build, weld, tack, or fabricate together to solve critical problems? By working together, we can dream big and build a reality that’s even bigger and better than any one of of thought possible! If you have any ideas on how we can work together, drop us a line, we’d love to be inspired.

What is your dream? Weld on and make a difference. “Be the Change you want to see in the world,” – Gandhi

Razor Blade Challenge 2016: A Recap of Welding Demos

We were honored to join Team CK Worldwide in Las Vegas this year for the Fabtech Show. They hooked us up with a welding cell and a CK-MT200-AC/DC TIG Welding Machine. We added in a Monster Nozzle, ArcTime Tungsten, and the Cordless Sharpie Grinder to keep that tungsten (and arc) on point. None of these activities would have been possible without a little (or A LOT) of help from our dedicated Employees, our Pro Partners, and the most amazing group of Arc-Zone Customers-turned-Ambassadors on the Planet.

So what exactly went down at Fabtech?

Check it out!

Winners of the Daily Razor Blade Challenge

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11/16 Wednesday: Rush Kane
(Instagram: @KaneKid)

 

 

 

 

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11/17 Thursday: Karsten Anderson (Instagram: @kid_the_welder)

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11/18 Friday: Ed Haroutonian (Instagram: @mobileweldspecialist)

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11/18 Friday Special Winner:
D. Joshua Burgess
(Instagram: @deweyjoshua)

 

 

 

Thank You Dave Blackburn!

Arc-Zone would like to tip our hood to David Blackburn.  Dave drove out to LV and partnered with the Arc-Zone and CK Worldwide crews to literally make the #Razorbladechallenge happen. Dave tirelessly got each and every participant set-up to #weldlikeapro. He even supplied the Razor blades!! It’s guys like Blackburn that are driving our community forward. The unconditional support is rare in this day and age..  Thanks Again, Dave!

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the Razor Blade Challenge!

Tom Thesing, Mark Winchester, Walter Posten, Richard Cretsinger, Julian Hernandez, Johnny Branch, Bill MCcann, Tim Rust *Woodward Inc, Aaron Biefer, Eric Williams, Mitchell Doyle, Brian Doyle, Cody Stromberg, Dave Sauvageau, Josh Himmer, Curtiss Anderson, Isaac Carrion, Richard Bishop, JD Brewer, Michael Smith.

Fabtech 2016 Schedule and Live Videos

At Fabtech this week, Arc-Zone is partnering w/ CK Worldwide and some talented fabricators (like you… if you dare) to demo the MT200 machine, outfitted with a Monster nozzle. We’re hosting live welding challenges at CK’s Booth #N4520, and you’re invited to join the fun. Scroll down for details on how to participate & win… from home.

Fabtech Welding Demonstration Schedule

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Live Razor Blade Challenges!

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Pic Credit: @Kingpita_fab                                      @narcissisticwrench

November 18, 2016 (Friday) 12:00 – 1:00 P.M

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November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)

 

 

 

Not Going to Fabtech? You can still participate in the Razor Blade Challenge!!

For those of you who are unable to attend this year’s Fabtech 2016 that want to participate in the Razor Blade Challenge we didn’t forget about you! Let’s see what skills you’ve got! Tag Us in your photo and use #razorbladechallenge and #WeldLikeAPro for your chance to win a Monster Nozzle of your choice!

Winners will be picked by the Arc-Zone Pro Partners at the end of each day (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and will be announced the following morning.

 

Scary Things in your Weld Shop

mm-blogsafetyHaunted Houses, ghosts & goblins, headless horsemen, and creepy clowns make October a scary month, but there’s all kinds of scary things lurking in your weld shop year-round.

Protecting yourself from flames, sparks, and miscellaneous flying objects doesn’t have to be a scary thing!  Here’s a rundown of the basics:

Welding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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A welding helmet is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of welding PPE. Other than a torch, a helmet (like the one worn by Arc-Zone PRO Partner, Nick Mishler -pictured left) is the accessory most associated with welding.

From passive to professional auto-darkening welding helmets, we’ve got what you need to protect your vision. If you need help selecting the proper PPE, start with this handy guide, “Choosing Welding Helmets and Goggles.” And make sure you and everyone in your weld shop are keeping an eye on safety with our “Eye Care for Welders” (pdf) guide.  Arc-Zone also has safety goggles, helmet bags for welders on the go, cheater lenses for welders of a certain age, and replacement parts for your helmet. Continue reading

Brewery Equipment:  When a Quality Weld Matters

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Tractor Brewery in Albuquerque, NM


The welds in brewing equipment don’t just need to look good, they need to be perfect. Weld quality affects the brewer’s ability to keep the equipment sanitary: The welds need to be free from corrosion, pits, or crevices where bacteria can flourish.

Whether you’re fabricating stainless steel fermenting tanks or welding stainless
pipe that needs repair, it takes the best equipment to get the job done right.

Start with a top quality TIG/GTAW welding torch engineered by a reputable manufacturer (like CK Worldwide or Weldcraft/Miller) with attention to craftsmanship. The best torches are made with the best materials to avoid problems associated with weld quality, such as gas leakage that can draw atmosphere into the weld zone. Continue reading

Welding Fix Of The Day: Stubby PRO Kit

Take a look at these goodies!😍
Now with the Low-Profile, Stubby Pro Kit you can shrink the size of the “long” parts on your 17, 18, 26 & 3 series TIG torches. Go ahead, dive right into those hard to reach areas and achieve maximum detail on your welds. 🔥👌
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