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Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
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Rockford, IL 61107

There’s something about Marty

July 20, 2016

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Marty Rice’s time as Arc Welding 101 columnist was relatively short, but his breadth of work online and in print has educated, inspired, and entertained readers for more than 10 years.

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Inside Frank’s Aluminum Workshop

July 20, 2016

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Practical Welding Today’s Aluminum Workshop columnist Frank Armao is the magazine’s longest-tenured contributor. Read how he landed the gig and what he’s learned during his 14-year journey.

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Still asking Elmer

July 20, 2016

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The Ask Elmer column, written by Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructor Elmer Swank, appeared in Practical Welding Today for four years. Even though the column no longer exists, Swank is still in the business of answering questions and developing good welders.

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Welding trends, technology advancements, and tales

July 19, 2016

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A collection of PWT Editorial Advisory Committee members discuss what they believe to be the most important advances in welding technology, trends, and education.

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Long live the “Welding Queen”

July 14, 2016

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Her energy was genuine and her love of welding and welders was as real as the smile on her face. Ten years after leaving Practical Welding Today®, former editor Stephanie Vaughan shares her fondest memories of an industry she still loves.

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Shelving bad habits with your GMAW gun

July 14, 2016

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A welder tired of accidental triggering or incidental damage to his gun developed a holster that can be mounted to a worktable, welding cart or in any way necessary.

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No experience necessary

June 1, 2016

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A fed-up masonry contractor from Scottsdale, Ariz., closed his business, taught himself how to weld, began sculpting in metal and bronze, and now happily makes a living as a metal artist.

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Grill or be grilled

May 23, 2016

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A fabricator of one of the most renowned wood-fired grills available recently integrated a robotic welding cell to help cut lead times and keep up with overwhelming demand.

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Still waters run deep

May 23, 2016

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Elaine Waters, the 2016 PWTeacher of the Year award winner, has taught, inspired, and intimidated the hell out of welding students for 30 years. This is her story.

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Hot tubbin' and grillin'

March 2, 2016

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Omaha, Neb., man with the need to create found two unique uses for a couple of old '57 Chevy cars. The first, a working grill. The second, a hot tub and tabletop bar.

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Have you thanked your welding instructor today?

January 28, 2016

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A simple expression of appreciation can go a long way.

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Add-on equipment makes a difference in SMAW

January 27, 2016

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An optional digital meter for SMAW power sources allows welders to lay beads within set parameters.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016

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How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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Make way for the torch queen

December 2, 2015

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Contributing Editor Amanda Carlson introduces us to a former contractor who has found her niche as a welding artist and instructor.

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When imagination meets craftsmanship

October 8, 2015

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The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship

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