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Amanda Carlson

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The gravity of one weld instructor - TheFabricator.com

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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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Like a rock

May 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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.

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“A creation of me”

May 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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.

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Three’s company

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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.

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Tales of TIG welding

March 9, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals of varying backgrounds share their personal journey through TIG welding; the helpful advice theyíve learned along the way; and the lessons learned from the occasional blunder.

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People you meet at Starbucks

March 3, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

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...

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The melding worlds of motorsports and metal art

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

A community college motorsports fabrication instructor finds common ground in race car fabrication, metal art.

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New year, new welding helmets

February 1, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Taking a closer look at a few new welding helmets.

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SMAW is in session

January 10, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding educators discuss why SMAW still holds a relevant place within their classrooms and in today's high-tech industry.

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Calling all welding educators

January 5, 2012 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding professionals have always struck me as being loyal to their industry and proud of the work that they do.  But it’s the welding educators who have left an impression because of the lengths they are willing to go to for their students and their programs. Many times the role of...

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Scottie who?

November 11, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Have you ever had a conversation with someone younger than you and realized that the references you were making to him or her were completely lost in translation? This happened to me about two months ago with my high school volleyball team I coach. We competed in a tournament in the Chicago...

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Where the rubber meets the road

November 7, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson, Tom Wermert

Joshua Shaw describes himself as half archaeologist and half fabricator. Those qualities come in handy when he's restoring vintage Sprint race cars, which can provide a number of historical and fabrication and welding challenges. To do it right requires patience and flexible welding equipment.

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