Welders of Instagram: @blackburnfabrication

Apr 2017 22
11 00 Sat
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This week we had the pleasure of sharing with you some work from David Blackburn (@blackburnfabrication). 

Flat Bed mounting plates

Dave is one of the coolest and most humble welders out there. Lately, he's been chronicling the fabrication of his new welding rig for everyone and it’s been a thing of beauty, to say the least. As welders, we tend to notice craftsmanship more than the average person, but It's an impressive feat when a guy like Dave can weld a nut to a washer and make you stop to admire it.
If you're not already following him, you can learn a lot from his work, so before reading the rest; go follow him ... we'll wait.

The idea behind the #weldersofIG campaign is to try and highlight some great welders and welding, but each Saturday we like to hear how they got started and what they do day in and day out. This week is no exception:

Weld.com: When did you know you wanted to be a welder?

@blackburnfabrication: I liked working with metal from when I was a kid. My dad used to stick weld a lot and I learned a bunch from him. My uncle owns a body shop and I learned how to mig weld from him. I didn't start TIG welding until I was in my 20's.

Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?

@blackburnfabrication: Most of my work is with thinner material and I'd say 90% of what I do is TIG. A lot of airplane intake and exhaust repairs along with other thin sheet metal repairs. I try and specialize with that type of work. There are a lot of talented weldors that live in my area, so I try and do my own thing. I don't do much pipe or structural welding. Not that I don't like to just is really competitive here.  

Weld.com: What advice do you have to high school students or anyone looking to enter into a welding career?

@blackburnfabrication: Best advice I can give younger weldors is spend as much time under your hood as you can. Watch as many old time weldors as you can and practice what they do. You can take something they do and make it your own. Everyone has their own style. Ask questions of your welding teachers, but be respectful. If you are willing to work hard it is a great carrier, but you can't be lazy and expect the work just to come to you.

Special thanks goes out to Dave for allowing us to raid his IG account for the pictures we've been using all week and taking the time to answer some questions for us. If you know someone who deserves to have their welds showcased, give us a shout on Instagram (@welddotcom). Until next week, weld on!

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Welders of Instagram: @cavemanwelder

Apr 2017 08
11 54 Sat
Written by Weld.com

This week we had the pleasure of sharing some work from one of our favorite welders on Instagram, Alex Brown (@cavemanwelder). Alex has some of the best looking welds out there, and we often get comments and requests to do  a "cavemanwelder" video. Alex has become notorious for his two, three and four rod TIG weaves; some of which we featured in the past week. We had some questions for Alex to see how he got started in the trade and what his advice is to high school students interested in welding. Read More

Welders of IG Showcase #1: @ram_nation58

Mar 2017 31
15 12 Fri
Written by Weld.com

It’s no secret that welders create some amazing creations. To people that don’t weld or fabricate, a good looking bead isn’t appreciated or admired like it is to one of us. Instagram has become a hotbed of welding talent and a community for some of the greatest welders in the world to share projects and great looking welds.

In an attempt to showcase some of our favorite welders on Instagram and show high school students what welders do on a daily basis, we started the #WeldersofIG campaign. Each week, we will choose a welder that excels at their craft and share their work daily on IG with a tribute to them here on Weld.com.

Bob Scout Merit Badge - Cowley College

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3 Tricks to Learn How to Walk the Cup

Mar 2017 16
17 49 Thu
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In honor of #weavewednesday we are going to do our best to help the newbies in our audience learn how to walk their cups to Instagram glory. If you’re just getting into welding and want to master one of the coolest techniques out there; this is for you. If you’re an experienced TIG welder and already know the ins and outs of walking the cup, read it anyway and add your two cents in comments!

Before we start, whip out your phone and check out Tho Nguyen (@gac1980) on Instagram. Tho can run some seriously slick weaves with a TIG torch, which is exactly what we will be attempting to learn today. 

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