I'm not a welder. I just had these two pieces of old junk metal that I thought would look good if they were welded together. Hmmm. I went to Menards and bought the cheapest 110 volt welder they had and studied the instruction booklet. Voila! I had the two pieces of metal junk welded together. (I have since sold that first metal "sculpture.") The rest is history so to say. I soon outgrew the 110 volt welder and bought a used 220 volt Hobart MIG weldler. I ran the 220 volt line to the garage myself. As I said on the Home Page of this website, in teaching myself how to weld, I made every mistake there was to make, and then some. I nearly burned the garage down and I did scorch my eyeballs and had to be taken to the emergency room by ambulance at 2:00 a.m. (A side note to that story: when released from the emergency room, they don't do the courtesy of taking you home. I had to call my neighbor to come and get me at 3:00 a.m.! Thankfully, I have gracious neighbors!) Anywho, I learned how to weld. I can honestly say I can run a respectful bead.
I also purchased a plasma cutter so that I could cut designs out of sheet metal, thus my pheasants, flamingos, "Man," "Whooping Crane" etc. below. (It was with the plasma cutter that I burned my eyeballs. The guy at the store where I bought the plasma cutter said that all I needed to wear to protect my eyes was a pair of sunglasses!)
My welded junk has won several art awards. I especially like to weld old rusty farm junk together to make weird objects. I basically just like to screw around and have fun. Enjoy.
2471 Marsh Ave
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
Phone: 319 217-0526
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