On one of my favorite episodes of Make: Live, Hackett showed Matt Richardson how to arc weld. He’s my go-to resource for all things welding, and he teaches classes on different techniques regularly at The Madagascar Institute in Brooklyn NY.
David Lang cronicles his welding experience in this MAKE post.
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Wow, that requirements sheet is really hard! I’ve done quite a bit of welding and kinda know all the stuff, but I wouldn’t be able to pass it — I’ve never done any TIG because I can’t afford the equipment, and gas is too dangerous for my rented workspace. I guess it’s good for schools with fully-equipped welding shops, though…
Those practice welds look great! Bet you had fun… I’ve done TIG, MIG, torch and laser welding. TIG is like having a magic ray gun compared to MIG. As soon as my kids are old enough I’ll be teaching them to weld. 🙂