The Metal Mashup: December Vol.1 – 2018

Dec 2018:  Colorful Holiday Cheer, New Product Options, Women Welders Swinging into Action, & Some Fire!!!

SHARPIE™ THE RED-FACED GRINDER

Move over Rudolph, we’ve got a new leader of the pack! We’ve built out the Project 1 Sharpie™ Tungsten Grinders with options to complement our Black Ops, Tungsten Grey, and UltraBright Silver reindeer. Just in time for the holidays, we’re introducing this Radiant Auburn Red for all you flashy fellas & fabulous female fabricators. Think of it as a visual reminder not to run your tungsten too hot! The Right [Red] Tools Make All the Difference!To learn more about the Project 1 Sharpie™ upgrades, check out our  IGTV video!

COLORED ARC SABERS ARE ALL THE RAGE!

The ArcSaber™ line-up has grown to include a few new color options. Our market test with the SkyBlue (to match our ArcTime Tungsten) went well, to say the least. Choose from: 

  • Now it’s Easy to Find My Tungsten Orange
  • This Torch is on Fire Red
  • It’s Not Coal in Your Stocking Black
  • Look, there’s Reindeer in the Sky Blue

It’s easier to spread Good Cheer when you know your tungsten is tucked safely in its tube, clean, and ready to perform spark-tastic feats on the end of your torch. The small size & price of $9.75 make them the perfect stocking stuffers. 

ADD ‘EM TO YOUR LIST

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for the welder in your life, or if you’re a welder with too many things on your list and need a little help consolidating, take a look at our Favorites section, featuring a selection of the best gifts for welders. From apparel to grinders, accessories and storage solutions, this is the perfect list to send your friends and family to give them a little hint of what you want.

FORGOTTEN WOMEN BUILDERS… FOR 75 YEARS

The Waterloo Bridge was first erected in 1817. Over 100 years later, the bridge’s structural integrity finally gave out and the city required a replacement. Construction began… but so did World War II. 450 of the nearly 500 men, working on London’s most majestic bridge, were called to action. 100’s of women, with Zero Trades experience, were drafted to continue the construction. And they successfully built what was secretly known as The Ladies’ Bridge. Efforts to complete the bridge were halted as bombs dropped on London.  Sadly, the women’s contributions were also swept away, when the men returned from war and the bridge was completed. There was no official documentation or recognition of its nearly all-female construction team. In Karen Livesey’s documentary, “The Ladies’ Bridge”, she “explores why the bridge builders and many thousands of female construction workers had been written out of history.” The interviews with these women are truly inspiring and a great history lesson. Click here to watch the full documentary and learn more about the Ladies’ Bridge:  www.theladiesbridge.co.uk

#WELDLIKEAPRO

Meet Cynthia Phillips, aka @hotsteelwelding, a fabricator, freelance sculptor, novice skateboarder and road trip enthusiast who’s moved 8 times to find the job of her dreams. Before she became a set builder for celebrities, like Katy Perry & Beyonce, she was a printmaking student at Alfred University looking for something more creative and hands-on. After a semester of glass blowing, Cynthia tried her hand at metal fab and was immediately hooked. She began building sets for local theaters and used her networking skills to find jobs all over the country, including an international gig building the NBC News’ set for the 2016 Olympics. As a travelling artist, Cynthia says, “I experience a lot of anxiety before showing up at a new shop. I always feel I have to prove myself and explain why I want to be a welder. Also, harassment is a real issue; I’ve left a shop because of this. But that’s why you network. You learn who you want to work for and with.”Learn more about Cynthia by visiting CarmenElectrode.com to read our blog that shares more of her story.

ADD A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO YOUR LIST

Sometimes, when you set your phone up to capture your magic… things don’t go as planned. Hope for the best and plan for the worst… Stay safe, have fun, and keep burnin’.

CHEERS TO YOU & YOURS!

For a small business, like ours, arriving at our #20Year anniversary, is call for a celebration. Mostly, we’re celebrating by offering you top notch technical service, quality products, innovative solutions to make your welding life better. So give us a call, place an order, tag us on social media, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear from you! 

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