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Amanda Carlson

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All in the family

July 10, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Juhl Hartberg and his son Paul are working side by side to expand their business, originally built on agricultural repair work, into one that provides custom design and fabrication.

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Tinkerer, welder, teacher, artist

May 15, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

As the welding instructor at Albion Correctional Facility in Albion, N.Y., Jeffrey Benfer is constantly dealing with teaching new batches of inmate workers the ins and outs of production gas metal arc welding, keeping up with their mandatory vocational qualifications, and meeting project deadlines. But there’s one thing that has provided an unexpected yet relaxing outlet: metal art.

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Taking it to the next level

April 24, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

A welding instructor and two of his seniors have been working together since early November to fabricate a smoker of epic proportions. But in the process the students have found their future calling and their teacher has found a kinship with both.

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Defining a champion

April 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

As I was putting together this issue’s Shop Stories featuring Tim Baber of College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif., one word from our conversation stuck out in my mind: Champion. Champion is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a warrior or a fighter; a militant advocate or defender;...

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Bottle tree boom

April 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Mississippi metal artist Stephanie Dwyer never knew she was an artist until she relocated from Washington and began building bottle trees. Today her bottle trees can be found all over the U.S., which has led to opportunities in custom metal art fabrication.

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The quest to get America’s heroes hired

March 15, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

National unemployment rates for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans are high and the state of Michigan is toward the top of list of states with the highest number of unemployed veterans. The Merrill Institute of Welding is working to combat that by providing unemployed veterans with welding, fabricating, and leadership skills.

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An alchemy of intentions

March 1, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

METAL LLC of Ann Arbor, Mich., is not your typical custom fab shop. Along with taking on architectural fabrication jobs, the company also handles restoration of antique and contemporary vehicles, performs product research and design, and fabricates custom sculptural projects. If that weren't enough, METAL has plans to release its own line of custom tables and routinely opens its doors to the public for art showings and as a musical venue, truly pushing itself to the forefront of the Ann Arbor arts and entertainment scene.

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Bolt people: There’s an Appel for that

February 15, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Steve Appel of Prescott, Ariz., has been making his bolt people full time for the last 23 years. The variety of requests and the kick he gets out of people’s reactions have turned this one-time hobby into an enjoyable career.

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Good teachers make good welders

January 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

It may have been the 11 young welders competing at the AWS/SkillsUSA U.S. Invitational Weld Trials at FABTECH® 2012 in Las Vegas who were in the limelight, but behind each of those students was a teacher who helped them get to that point. Six of those 11 welders were vying for three spots to...

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Three under-the-radar dangers in weld shops

January 16, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Most of us are very familiar with the hazards of breathing in toxic fumes, but here are three not-so-obvious reasons that you need to pay close attention to your dust collection practices.

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Sticking it to vertical-up, overhead SMAW

January 14, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

Three weld instructors from across the country share their classroom tips and tricks for helping welders tackle vertical-up and overhead SMAW.

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The real deal in stainless steel

January 7, 2013 | By Amanda Carlson

A careful examination of metal artist Dave Regier’s work reveals a seamless melding of abstract and realism.

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A year's worth of advice

December 12, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

It's customary for people to reflect on what has taken place over the last year. As I was flipping through each issue of Practical Welding Today from 2012, I found myself re-reading the advice that welders and fabricators shared in each of the Shop Stories features. As we approach the new year,...

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Burning the torch on both sides

November 14, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

For a project involving structural columns made of 4-in. plate, Owen Steel Co. Inc., Columbia, S.C., had two choices when it came to cutting difficult transition bevels. First, it could use a manually guided track torch system and bevel one side of the plate at a time, which would open the door to distortion. Or second, it could find a mechanized cutting system that would allow both sides of the plate to be beveled simultaneously.

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One man’s artisTIG endeavors

November 5, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

When he’s not TIG welding at his “normal” job, career welder and metal artist Roger King uses his skills with a TIG torch to create metal sculptures.

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