You 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!!”
“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