Jim Watson, aka Joe WelderMy name is Jim Watson or “Joe Welder” as my friends call me. I have always enjoyed building things, my Dad Jim Watson Sr. and I started with model airplanes, we designed and built free-flight competition gliders in a variety of sizes with wing span’s up-to 72 inches!  Next we began working with metal, we customized my Schwinn Stingray bicycle, complete with custom chain guard and a cool sissy bar, we finished it with a candy apple blue and silver paint job.

My Dad taught me to look at things differently– to be a creative thinker, and to never stop improving on what you have.

Later I traded my go-kart for a TACO 44 mini bike kit.  That was my first exposure to TIG welding.  We built all the component parts, and I had a lot of fun with that bike.  I sold it for a nice profit and bought a Yamaha 80, that my girl friend’s dad was getting rid of– he backed over it with his car and bent the frame, so we got it, and modified it for TT and Flat track racing.  That was the first of many bikes I raced in the extremely competitive AMA District 37 series.

Through my racing adventures I met a lot of interesting people, including one of my sponsors who was a motorcycle shop owner, he had in the back of his shop a brand new CAE (Culbert Automotive Engineering) Sprint Car Kit.  That’s when I learned about the importance of a good quality weld.

I was 19 years old when I set up my first fabrication shop in my parents garage.  At the same time I took Welding and Metal Shop classes at Pasadena City College, and Engineering at Van Nuys Technical College.  I started with a P&H TIG welder, with that machine I helped build that Sprint Car, and cut my teeth as a mechanic in the weekly CRA racing series at Ascot Park in Gardena Ca.

We didn’t have the budget that some of the established competitors had, so to save money and be more competitive– we built most everything ourselves: For my TT and Flattrack bikes it was tuned exhaust pipes, custom frames, bike trailers, skid shoes, we even made our own racing leathers and custom painted my bike and helmets.  When it came to Sprint Car racing it was even more of a challenge because there was more parts to modify, more ways to fine tune and personalize the machine to make it faster and safer.  I went on to design and build several innovative, safe and fast race cars, we won several big races in the most competitive auto racing series on the planet.  My racing adventures took me from Knoxville Iowa, to Canada, Monte Carlo and Suzuka Japan.

I was very fortunate, with my background in racing, and my fabrication and machining skills, I was hired and helped build one of the finest welding equipment manufacturer’s in the world. . . Then I left and started Arc-Zone. . . more coming soon!

For The Record:

1. I am the CEO and Founder of Arc-Zone.com®, Inc, CarmenElectrode.com™ and JoeWelder.com™

2. My companies distribute some products which will be mentioned in this Blog.

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    Hey, I know Joe Welder. Yes, that’s right, THE real Joe Welder. That is his actual name. Any chance of using him in any advertising? He is quite the character, and it would go over well in NE Ohio, where he is considered an icon. If u guys have any t-shirts with that name, I’ll take a dozen XL!!!! Name ur price. Thanx…….Jim


    Tom Huang

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for posting the detailed information on all of your tungsten electrode offerings. I purchased my first TIG/GTAW torch, gas and control set-up years ago for hobby and personal interest work. Now the welding industry and career have come together again. I am now a CWI candidate (for August, 2009) and my employment in aerospace has landed me on a project correcting cracks in welded aluminum aerospace hardware. We are developing parameters for qualified Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS) and will definitely use your posted information to choose the best Tungsten electrode materials for our project. The high quality, consistent production lots and ability to meet a standard from the AWS (or other specification) are key to insuring that all variables are accounted for during production welding. The actual cost of the electrodes are insignificant considering the high cost of re-work, scrap, added labor and late delivery. We will be utilizing the information from your website to help make material suggestions to our suppliers. We are also working with some local welding consultants whom also have good things to say about your business. Keep up the great work.
    P.S. I agree with the decision to offer the full range of electrode qualities. Sometimes you need to play that dirty game to stay ahead of the “quantity before quality” game. Your intent was clear per our conversation years ago.



    if you have a tack welder then can u weld white steel to a pice of a bike. but i dont thank thats posibul to do that but if your bike is broke then you cant do that


    Muhammed Nyassi

    Joe Welder.com, Am Muhammed Nyassi, i am a welder as my skill.welding is a good skill, and I like the job.Am a Gambian west Africa.


      Jim Watson aka Joe Welder

      That’s great to hear Muhammed! Be sure to share any interesting welding projects with us on our blog, we’d love to see some cool photos!


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