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Welding For The Greater Good

welder2Bellingham Technical College hosts an elaborate metal sculpture competition annually. Ten amatuer highschool and college teams must capture their artistic visions in scrap metal sculptures in just eight hours. This exciting event exemplifies altruism in action as artworks are subject public auction, with the proceeds benefiting the BTC Welding Student Scholarship Fund, the Welding Rodeo, and participating artists. Visit their website for more pictures and information.

What have YOU built lately? What do you do with your scrap metal?

A Spark of Creativity

Being an artist and occasional sculptor, I can’t help but spotlight some of the creative minds in the diverse field of welding.The following is a glimpse into the electrifying work of one such genius.

Welding artist Brain Wedgworth works his magic in his downtown studio, working on as many as 15 pieces at a time! His latest show, Around & Back Again, was a refreshing blend of modern nostalgia that opened in a gallery in Brownsville, TX.

Welding artist: Brian Wedgworth

Brian Wedgworth compares his artistic process to a dance.

He moves about his studio in downtown Harlingen working on as many as 15 pieces at a time. Whenever he gets to a stopping point or a need to pause on a particular work, he moves on rather than get bogged down.

“It’s a delicate dance,” Wedgworth said. “They kind of simultaneously come together … I already have the ideas in mind but the work just flows better.”

The latest one-man show for the 34-year-old artist, Around & Back Again, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Galeria 409 in Brownsville.

“My show is called Around & Back Again because I’m revisiting old ideas, things that have been around the shop for a while, that got pushed aside,” he said. “I’m bringing them back to the forefront.”


Welder Honors Friends with Metal Art

BILL FEIG/Advocate staff photo

BILL FEIG/Advocate staff photo

John Rosso is a retired welder who designed a colorful,metal bird sanctuary in his own backyard.He often includes old skillets, painted red,in his sculptures. Each section of the sanctuary, which he calls “The Condo” is dedicated to a personal friend which has passed away during the last few years. The masterpiece is adorned with a myriad of metal ornaments, each one holding a special meaning for the person to whom it is dedicated.

Plaquemine man honors friends with bird sanctuary

PLAQUEMINE — John Rosso, a retired welder, can’t stand to see things go to waste.

His house at the corner of Church and Martin streets was built before 1840. Rosso, 65, owns the house next door. It dates from the early 1900s. Both houses and their yards warehouse cypress and longleaf pine lumber, metal, furniture, hardware, anything Rosso thinks he might have a use for one day.

About 15 years ago, Rosso’s friend, “Doc” Cameron, died. Cameron was a big-time purple martin landlord. As many as 50 pairs of the big swallows spent their springs and early summers in Cameron’s birdhouses on Ford Street.

More than a million people in North America provide lodgings for purple martins, making the birds dependent on humans for nesting places in the eastern United States, according to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

“After ‘Doc’ Cameron died, they bulldozed three or four of his big purple martin houses,” Rosso said. “That one there is one. I call it ‘The Condo.’”

Rising above Rosso’s backyard, ‘The Condo’ is like an airport in the morning and evening as purple martin families arrive and depart in noisy song.


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