A 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
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.
Bellingham 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?
Want to turn metal into money? The At Home Welder website provides tips for breaking into welding, even for the absolute beginner. Features include free designs and videos of how to make them.
Opportunity without preparation is wasted. In the following video, Andy, with The At Home Welder shows you 10 essentials tools you need to get started as a welder as well a pricing and places where these items can be purchased.
We 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?
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.
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.