Crossings at Carnegie in Zumbrota. The class is held at Custom Iron, a shop that specializes in creating elaborate spiral stairways and has plenty of space and all the industrial toys a welding class needs.
Kelly Ludeking, the instructor, telling us about the different types of welding helmets. After a quick group lesson in welding and safety, he guided each of us individually in achieving a decent weld, and we were off!
bells I have made.) When I originally got the old welding tanks from a welding supply in Bemidji, I had a shop saw them in half for me and I was easily able to use the top half of the welding tanks for bells - the tank control apparatus created a hole through the top for hanging the clappers and my welding friend Mike welded on hangers. But the bottom half of the bells are solid, with no opening for inserting a clanger, and I still have a bunch of them. I asked Kelly if there was a way to drill a hole through the bottom so I could hang a clapper and he said he could weld a loop inside. I cut a slice of a pipe on the band saw and here he is grasping it with a pliers, to reach inside and weld it to the end inside.
Thanks so much to Kelly, to Crossings and to Custom Iron for enabling us to learn to weld! I cannot wait until I have my very own wire feed welder (hint, hint, Santa Claus!)