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Fabricating a copper chimney cap

April 27, 2016

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Custom fabricating shops bid all kinds of jobs. Sometimes these jobs involve materials and processes beyond those the shop typically encounters. They make for interesting work that can require brushing up on little-used skills. Building a copper chimney cap was just such a job for Barnes MetalCrafters, one that resulted in a beautiful, functional work of art.

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Still Building America—Welding big birds, pursuing big dreams

April 25, 2016

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Welder and inspector Lucca Ilbert, who trained at the Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, loves fabricating and repairing aircraft parts. He hopes one day to have his own FAA-approved custom fabricating shop.

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Running stringers—an exercise in utility

April 20, 2016

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Repeating certain exercises is a fundamental part of learning a skill. Running stringers is one such exercise for anyone learning to weld. It also helps to listen to the instructor explain how it’s done.

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Is the customer always worth the effort?

April 13, 2016

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You can never have too many customers, or so it’s said. Is this true? What about the customer that has you do all the hard work and takes your well-designed product elsewhere for production? Are you happy to have had their business? Perhaps you can take solace in lessons learned.

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OSHA publishes final silica rule

April 11, 2016

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Shops that have abrasive blasting capabilities need to be aware that a new OSHA rule involving worker exposure to crystalline silica particles has been published.

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Building memories

April 7, 2016

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Do any of your earliest memories involve work? Josh Welton remembers using a drawknife and a hatchet to help his parents prepare wood for a log home. It was a communal labor of love that likely fostered his love of making things by hand.

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Still Building America—One automotive masterpiece at a time

March 29, 2016

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There are dream cars and dream jobs. Combining both has allowed J.D. Hendrickson to achieve his dream career. Here’s the short story of how he got there.

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Restoring the USS North Carolina—sharing history with friends

March 23, 2016

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Think Facebook is the ultimate time-waster? Nick Martin’s Facebook connection to an old classmate and fellow soccer teammate led to an important job preserving history for Barnes MetalCrafters. It also provided a learning opportunity, as many fabricating jobs do.

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Stop to notice the technology

March 17, 2016

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Keeping your nose to the grindstone could prevent you from noticing the rapid changes occurring in the world around you.

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Scholarship fund to honor Dick Kallage

March 15, 2016

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FMA’s Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs foundation has set up a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Dick Kallage, an influential member of FMA and columnist for The FABRICATOR magazine. Kallage died of cancer Feb. 18.

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There is always more to learn about welding

March 15, 2016

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How much do you know about welding? The best welders recognize that there is always room for improvement and more to learn.

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Positive manufacturing news: A well-kept secret during the election season

March 14, 2016

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Negativity reigns during this elections season. Here's a secret: Some good news does indeed exist, even in manufacturing.

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FMA Annual Meeting: Sharing ideas to build a better business

March 10, 2016

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Networking, conversation, and idea sharing are at the heart of the FMA Annual Meeting. For instance, what if a shop salesperson learned to operate a tube laser? That idea at one roundtable got participants talking.

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Should welding students and welders provide their own tools?

March 2, 2016

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A recent post on The Fabricator Blog sparked a Facebook discussion about whether welding students and welders should provide their own tools for school and on the job. We opened the discussion up to “Welding Wire” readers. Here are a few of the many responses we received.

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Feeling the love at Autorama

March 1, 2016

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The first time welder and metal artist Josh Welton displayed his art at a show was at the 2010 Detroit Autorama. Six years later, he’s still participating and enjoying not only the show but the people, including some who have become valued friends and mentors. He also appreciates the opportunity to talk shop and share his passion for welding.

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