July 30, 2012
Custom sign-maker and architectural ironwork fabricator Blackout Signs & Metalworks, San Marcos, Texas, is a shining example of how a little bit of good luck mixed with confidence, fearless creativity, tireless work ethic, and a penchant for true old-school craftsmanship can create extraordinary opportunities.
July 27, 2012
How do you measure the worth of an education, as well as those who are responsible for guiding you along the way? The answer is simple: You can't. As the old saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." PWTeacher of the Year was...
July 23, 2012
Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.
June 13, 2012
To pursue visual art or science, that is the question. Polar-opposite interests? Yes. But who says the two can’t intersect somehow. After all, elements of science are alive in metal forming and fabricating, but to make it visually pleasing, an artist’s touch is necessary. Metal art, it would...
May 30, 2012
Which comes first, the artist or the welder? That’s one of the many topics I get to explore during conversations with metal artists for Artist’s Gallery each issue. Sometimes I like to go back and reread old Artist’s Gallery articles just because of what was said and how it’s stayed with...
May 25, 2012
The push for lighter, corrosion-resistant components has brought aluminum to the forefront of the minds of traditional steel fabricators. Those that approach the material the same as steel often run into weld quality issues that can prove costly. But those who are committed to putting together a topnotch, aluminum-friendly system before striking an arc—from equipment and setup to material preparation and welder education—are better equipped to find success afterward.
May 9, 2012
Kay Minto has a lot in common with the lava that she welds to make sculptures. The rocks, after all, are a product of a Mother Nature temper tantrum. Minto has been through her fair share of natural disasters, too, but all roads have led to a life that she says she wouldn’t change, and an art career that is as unique as the rocks she welds on.
May 9, 2012
When photography lost its luster, a happy coincidence sent Dick Roberts on a quest to learn everything he could about metalworking. The result has led him to appreciate how new technology and an old processes can work in unison for his newfound method of artistic expression.
March 9, 2012
Many weld instructors will tell you that the ability to hear plays a critical role in developing a skilled welder. But a deaf student from Tennessee is proving that character traits like determination and a strong work ethic are more important. It also helps to have a creative, patient teacher and a dedicated support staff.
March 3, 2012
My colleague, Vicki Bell, web content editor for thefabricator.com, recently wrote a blog post regarding an article she read on msnbc.com titled "Some employers want return of vo-ed training,” where she expressed her disdain for the premise that reintegrating vocational education into high...