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Amanda Carlson

Associate Editor
FMA Communications Inc.
833 Featherstone Road
Rockford, IL 61107

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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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The Lombardi Trophy, with a “Girly” touch

November 2, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis earlier this year featured athletic prowess and classic gridiron toughness with a little speed and finesse. But also on display outside the stadium throughout the heart of downtown was a combination of strength and artistic flair that only a metal art sculpture can provide.

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FABTECH 2013

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Metal fab heads west

October 8, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

It’s been four years since FABTECH® made its debut in Las Vegas, and in that time we have been exposed to a great deal of change. We’ve elected a new president and are on the tail end of another presidential campaign. We saw the end of the recession in 2009, and in the second quarter of this...

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Packer backer - for a day

September 18, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

When I visited Lambeau Field, home of storied NFL franchise Green Bay Packers last month to check out the on-going structural renovations that have been taking place over the last several months, I was asked repeatedly versions of the same question: “Is it weird to be here as a Bears fan?” It...

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Manufacturing Day celebrates you, is long overdue

September 12, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

It's true, each day throughout the year marks a "holiday" celebrating something, whether it be well-known and widely recognized or obscure and, well, odd. Take, for example, Nov. 14, which according to National Whatever Day is Operating Room Nurse Day. The website states it was established on that...

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A fabricating home run

August 30, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Kohler High School’s Engineering Club captured the attention of the Milwaukee Brewers, the MLB Network, and thousands of others with its Miller Park replica grill.

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Beyond the “signage” quo

July 30, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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.

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Gone fishing

July 27, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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...

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Welding fascination leads to spinoff writing career

July 23, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Author Frank Marlow recently sat down with Practical Welding Today® to discuss his new book, which was released in March.

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The gravity of one weld instructor

July 10, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Jaime Shaker, head instructor at Calumet Welding Center, is driven and tough. His goal is to push each student to strive for excellence and reject the notion that good enough is good enough.

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Visual reality

June 13, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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...

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Revisiting ghosts of Artist's Galleries past

May 30, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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...

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Aluminum MIG

May 25, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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.

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