In this five-hour class, we will cover the basics of welding using MIG welders, to have you safely and effectively ready to start your very own furniture, bicycle chopper, or top fuel dragster project.
We will be emphasizing skills and techniques that will make welding more accessible to those without extensive workshops, toolsets, or experience. During the class we will cover safety, metal procurement and selection, welding technique, metal bandsaws, and finishing/rust prevention techniques. We will then apply all the new skills to make a twelve-inch pillow that we will inflate and destroy.
Requirements: Comfortable using power tools and not squeamish with loud noises or sparks. Participants must wear long sleeve cotton shirts and cotton pants/jeans without holes. Pants must cover the tops of your shoes. Please also wear leather or canvas shoes (zero nylon/synthetic materials on the shoes—vans, work boots, cowboy boots—all good). Please also bring sunscreen and safety glasses if you have them. Participants must be 16 or older.
Workshop instructor Matt Jones is a sculptor and works as a scenic carpenter and welder building sets and props for theater, film, and art. More information (including advanced classes) is here: http://www.moltenmetalworks.net