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Colors in welding are cool, but...

Posted by Sparky Sommer on Jun 14, 2015 2:25:18 PM


Lately, I've been following the websites and social sites you guys share your work on, like Instagram, and the TIG welds are incredible. I see all the pretty colors - straw, rose, green and blue. 

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There's a good contest going between all of you to see how many colors you can get in one weld. I have to say it's pretty impressive...

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Topics: Welder, welding, ESAB blog, education, metal, welding basics, TIG, welding tips, TIG welding, color chart, aluminum, stainless

IT'S ART! Welding steals the show at Arts International festival

Posted by Lindsay S. Buchanan on Apr 12, 2015 6:42:00 PM


Florence-Darlington Technical College 6th Annual Metal Sculpture Competition


FLORENCE, S.C. - It’s 7 a.m. and ten teams of welders are digging through large piles of scrap metal, their eyes darting around as they search for the perfect pieces to complete their vision.

They know this is their chance to show the local community another side to their trade – the side that is craft and art and creativity.

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Topics: welding, ESAB, ESAB blog, education, jobs, metal, welding rodeo, metal sculpture, art

TIG tips and tungsten love

Posted by Sparky Sommer on Mar 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM


I have long had a passion for TIG welding and a love for tungsten. It’s a craft that takes your mind off everything else.  

And let's face it, tungsten is the Chuck Norris of the metal world. It even has a hardcore element name - WOLFRAM. Tungsten has the highest melting point at 6,191 °F (3,422 °C), the lowest thermal expansion coefficient, and the highest tensile strength of all pure metals.

Add a little thorium or zirconium and you have a tungsten electrode.

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Topics: Welder, welding, ESAB, ESAB blog, education, metal, welding basics, STICK, TIG, welding tips, TIG welding, tungsten

Intimidated by welding? Don't be.

Posted by Sparky Sommer on Mar 5, 2015 3:03:38 PM


As a former welding instructor, I would often watch as new students walked in and looked completely overwhelmed at all the welding equipment in class. Dials and digital readouts, gas tanks, regulators and torches...

My first goal as an instructor was to put them at ease.

“See all these gizwidget dials? Just wait and let me walk you through it, because it’s so easy,” I would tell them. “It all starts with what metal you want to weld.” 

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Topics: welding, ESAB, education, Fabricator, metal, welding basics, training, STICK, Tweco, Fabricator 211i, TIG, MIG

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