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Amanda Carlson

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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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Blog Posts

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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Sawing potential

October 20, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Saw operator discovers artistic talent in the discarded metal pieces from his saw and around his job shop.

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FABTECH 2011

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Discover technology, opportunity at FABTECH® 2011

October 10, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

North America's largest metal finishing, forming, fabricating, and welding tradeshow returns to Lake Michigan shores Nov. 14-17.

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Robotics technology advancements aid disaster relief, manufacturing

September 9, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

The events of 10 years ago forever changed our lives, our country. Like many of you, I spent the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 remembering where I was when the first tower fell, and recalling the variety of emotions that coursed through me as the events unfolded. To this day many of us view...

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Full steam (chest) ahead

July 26, 2011 | By Amanda Carlson

Welding and fabricating using exotic metals requires a special touch, one that Schwabel Fabricating Co., Tonowanda, N.Y., has built its business on for the last 53 years.

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