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Artist Welds Waterwork Sculpture

andrewsmithA true creative soul, Andrew Smith welded his latest art work without planning. The water work sculpture is both interactive and grand in scale, towering 15 feet above the ground. The piece is cleverly composed of steel pipes, joints, pumps and levers. Andrew’s work has been publicly displayed in several places including Provo, Orem, and Salt Lake City but the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is his first festival. His work is often a tense fusion of intricacy and spontaneity.

Arts fest 2009: Welding industry and art
Andrew Smith’s massive sculpture

Greg Marshall

An immense 15-foot waterworks sculpture composed of steel pipes, joints, pumps and levers is one of the centerpieces of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which began Friday with a locals preview and continues through Sunday.

Even amid the bustle of more than 200 artist booths and hundreds of visitors, Andrew Smith’s sculpture, as yet untitled, promises to catch the attention of spectators in the Kimball Art Center’s makeshift wonderland, the so-called Family Creativity Center, in front of the building on Heber Avenue.


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?

Welding Career Tips

welder-in-blueWe have posted a lot of information regarding employment opportunities in the welding and metal fabrication industries. But, how can you get started? An article in The Fabricator Magazine features practical advice for beginning your career as a welder. Marty Rice, a welding instructor from a high school career center in Texas and an honorary member of the Ironworkers Local 263, shares his story- his challenges and his triumphs. He also provides tips for achieving the career goals you set for yourself. With a little smarts and alot of sweat, you can achieve the goals you set.

Learn your trade, pay your dues
Advice for new welders
By Marty Rice, Contributing Writer

Welding jobs may not be as plentiful as they once were, but welding instructor Marty Rice believes a lot of welding work is “waiting to bust loose once the economy straightens out, and there’s always work in welding, if you’re willing to pack a suitcase.”

Rice has some advice for those embarking on a welding journey.

I’ve paid my dues during my long and crazy welding career. I’ve had good jobs and bad jobs, good bosses and bad bosses, and I’ve met good and bad people in the field. In my opinion, one good person makes up for a bunch of lousy people. Which do you want to be?


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Lean Manufacturing Webinar

The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) presents The Incredible Power of Lean: Real Improvement in Real Life, a 2.5 hour interactive webinar, also known as  fabcast. And you don’t even need to step out of the office, as the technology utilized enables online viewing and voice interaction via telephone. The live presentation will cover such topics as:

  • Practical implementation of lean manufacturing to save small to mid-sized manufacturers money.
  • Basics of lean manufacturing.
  • How lean manufacturing can be applied to small to midsized manufacturers.
  • The financial impact of lean manufacturing.
  • And more!

The registration fee is only $195 for FMA/TPA Members and $245 for the general public. Fabcasts can also be purchased in bulk for greater savings.

Click here to register for this fabcast.

77 Year Old Welder Not Ready for Retirement

Tuscaloosa News / Robert Sutton

Tuscaloosa News / Robert Sutton

They say when you find a job you love, you will never have to work another day of your life. Although few of us discover that kind of workplace nirvana, Robert “Bob” Jones has. From when he grew up working on the farm until now, work has been his way of life and he even says he doesn’t want to retire because he enjoys work so much. Jones’ daughter, Anita Channell, looks up to him as a role model. She admires his honesty, industriousness, and strong sense of responsibility.

Welder, 77, loves work too much to retire

By Amelia Webber Special to The Tuscaloosa News
Published: Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10:14 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA | At an age when most children are just getting the hang of tying their shoes, Robert “Bob” Jones was strapping a harness on a mule and heading for the fields at daybreak.

That was more than 70 years ago, and Jones hasn’t stopped working since. Now 77, Jones is a welder at Southern Heat Exchanger Corp. — where he has worked for more than 42 years — and he has no plans to stop anytime soon.

“The company has been good to me so I like to be good to them,” he said at work Friday. “I’m planning on staying as long as they’ll let me, and I hope that will be ’til I get ready to leave.”