Category Archives: Show Me The Metal

@weldporn – Bringing welding out of the shadows and into the spotlight

Yweldporn logoou may have heard of an Australian who goes by the handle @weldporn on Instagram and Facebook. Reaching nearly 40,000 people, his feed has united welders from all over the world. What started as “a bit of fun” for @weldporn creator Marcus Baucza, has become the site for wild welds as well as awesome apparel. And what we like about his presence in the social media world is that Marcus is all about celebrating welding.

Arc-Zone’s resident instagramer Sarah (@missxlee) interviewed Marcus. He says when he isn’t knee deep in Instagram requests or shipping out care packages, he’s working out in the field. “For me welding has always been a career. I’ve had other jobs in other fields of work but I always come back to welding/fabricating. I get a kick out of building stuff! Anything, I’ll build it!!”

Welding Photos

Welding photos from Marcus’ #Weldporn feed

“I come from a family where my dad and grand-dad were carpenters so I was surrounded by woodworking from a young age. I just thought ‘well I better be a carpenter.’ But after that first weld, I was like ‘melting metal is so much more fun!!!’ The first time I picked up a welder was a long time ago, probably 1993. It was a dirty old stick welder in high school and that’s all it took. I was hooked.”

He can thank his mom for his thriving career in welding. While in high school, Marcus was “heading down the road of wanting to be a surfie bum and she basically said get a job or piss off out of the house”.

Luckily, his “mate was doing a pre employment course as a boilermaker/welder apprenticeship and said ‘get on it man. Come check it out. It’s fun!’” Not long after, Marcus enrolled in school and spent the first year as a boilermaker/welder apprentice. “It was hard to go to work everyday while my mates were out surfing and skating all day. But at the end of the day, I was getting paid to learn an awesome trade and ended up as a certified welder/fabricator that basically can get you a job anywhere in the world!”  READ THE REST OF Sarah’s interview– Continue reading

Welding in the Army

Ever since that article on Spc Ryan Thomas (Part Soldier, part MacGyver) I’ve been thinking about welding in the Army so I plugged into the US Army public affairs division online and started searching…   realizing there must be some pretty amazing metal fabrication going on out there keeping soldiers safe.  Check this out:

Tobyhanna sharpens Talon armament

Apr 26, 2010

By Anthony Ricchiazzi

(Photo Credit: Steve Grzezdzinski)
 

Story Highlights

  • The Talon Hermit Robot Deployment System is used for route clearing, mine detection, vehicle inspections and route surveillance.
  • Employees are fabricating several kits in a quick-reaction effort for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.
  • Finished kits are sent to the center for assembly and shipped to Southwest Asia.

You can read the full article on the US Army website…

And if you know of any men or women utilizing their welding skills in any of the military services, let me know! We’d be honored to feature them here on JoeWelder.com.

Part Soldier, part MacGyver; Soldier doubles as engineer, welder

GUEST POST BY: Spc. Cassandra Monroe, 135th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — With each Soldier comes a specific duty, task and military occupational specialty. However, some Soldiers bring additional skills that contribute to their wartime mission.

“Right now, my mission here is culvert denial — keeping the insurgents from putting bombs under the culvert, which are tunnels under Iraq’s highway system and roadsides,” said Spc. Ryan Thomas, a combat engineer with 3rd Platoon, 573rd Clearance Company, 1st Engineer Battalion. “A lot of them have been poorly denied already.”

When culverts are poorly denied, they are usually surrounded with ruined, crumbling sand barriers, or littered with trash and other waste products. This results in complications with water flow throughout the provinces. To deny a culvert, this simply requires an application of a steel grate, blocking any objects or personnel from entering the tunnel.

Specialist Thomas, a Seattle native, welds rods of steel to create a framework of parallel and crossed bars that are used as a cover for the tunnels. He is tasked with welding the grates used to deny the culverts.

Before denying a culvert, the team performs a reconnaissance mission, inspecting a culvert and categorizing it by whether it needs to be fixed or not. If the culvert requires the team to build a custom grate, that’s a cue for Spc. Thomas to assist the team with the assembly and emplacement. A welding trailer attached to the platoon’s trucks allows Spc. Thomas to weld grates on-site.

Some challenges the platoon and Spc. Thomas had to overcome were preventing hot slag, which is a liquid matter derived from fusing two metals together, from falling into Spc. Thomas’s face. Additionally, wearing all of the proper protective equipment, such as the combat helmet and body armor, while still trying to weld with the required welder’s mask complicated the process. Continue reading

All In One Piece

Check out the one piece mufflers from Woodsage™ Industries, and see how they did it:

Manufacturing motorcycle mufflers

Fabricator finds improvement with rotary swaging

September 1, 2009

Like all manufacturers, Woodsage Industries is always on the lookout for a better way to manufacture the many components it produces for OEMs. It recently devised a way to make one-piece external muffler shells for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

manufacturing-motorcycle-mufflersYou don’t have to look far to find a motorcycle these days. Riders purchased 900,000 motorcycles in 2008, nearly triple the number sold in 1995. The best-known motorcycle rally, held annually in Sturgis, S.D., regularly draws more than 400,000 riders. In total, organizers put together nearly 1,000 motorcycle-related events every year. That’s not bad for a mode of transportation that was once the domain of not-quite-law-abiding individuals who formed nonmainstream social clubs (biker gangs).

The allure of motorcycles is centered mainly on three criteria: How does it look, how fast does it go, and how does it sound? All three result from extensive engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing efforts. As in all other areas of manufacturing, the OEMs are always on the lookout for a better method. One motorcycle manufacturer, Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris Industries Inc., turned to one of its suppliers, Woodsage™ Industries, for input on its exhaust systems.

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Welding the Nouveau Trojan Horse


James Oleson is an amazing metal artist. One of his recent projects just happens to be a 37 foot tall statue of a horse; he’s shooting for the title of “tallest freestanding steel horse sculpture ever created”.  I hope he wins…

And check outhis other metallic creations at his website.  Or, for more information about this innovative artist, you can read this article:

Riverview Artist Welds Castoffs Into Career

By D’ANN LAWRENCE WHITE

RIVERVIEW – There is nothing particularly attractive about artist James Oleson’s medium.

His studio is little more than an open shed surrounded by wood fencing, tucked behind Winthrop Town Centre off Bloomingdale Avenue in Riverview. Piled haphazardly around the shed are worn lawn mower blades, greasy machinery gears, discarded steel doors, beat-up car door panels and other junkyard finds he’s found worth salvaging.

The cast-offs once destined for landfills inspire Oleson’s works of art. From ugliness Oleson creates beauty. From near-worthless bits of debris Oleson creates sculptures that command thousands of dollars and are displayed across the country.

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If you or anyone one you know aspires to be an innovative welder in this, or any other field, please contact us.  We would love to feature you on our blog.

Weld Like A Dog

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Photo By Matt Trombley

Brown Dog Welding is a one man welding and fabrication shop located just north of Detroit in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Josh Welton, of Brown Dog Welding, designs inventive home furnishings, sculptures, and accessories –from miniature motorcycles to belt buckles. Josh named his business after his beloved dog, Woodson, and he donates 10 percent of his profits to two organizations, Home Fur-Ever and Lifebuilders. I was excited to get a chance to interview Josh.

1. How long has your company been in business?

Just over 1 year.

2. I see you’re headquartered in the Detroit area. How long have you been there? How has the recent economic crisis affected business at this location? What drew you to the area?

My wife Darla and I have lived in the Detroit suburb of Mount Clemens, Michigan for almost 6 years. Her family has worked in and around the auto industry for decades, so the last few years has been pretty stressful. As a low seniority skilled trade worker in the industry, I saw the writing on the wall and started putting money away and building up my own shop. A lot of my work is kind of in it’s own niche, and since I started from nothing I have been steadily getting busier. I have seen several stores and galleries that had displayed my work fail, but the majority of my business is done either online or locally through word of mouth.

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