Learn the fundamentals of steel welding, and establish a foundation for the craft in this dynamic week-long workshop. Whether building a steel sculpture or a steel stock fence, the tools and the methods are the same. This course is designed for the beginner to establish correct practices for tool set-up and basic steel welding. The final goal is a soundly welded steel sculpture with a proper finish. Gain a working knowledge of welding, cutting and handling steel sculpture.
Media & Techniques:
We focus on steel cutting, welding and finish. The three techniques or applications used are: oxy/acetylene cutting, steel preparation for welding and MIG (metal inert gas) welding. Final finishes are determined with each individual student.
The week begins with a thorough description and demonstration of set-up and use of oxy/acetylene tanks, gauges and torches. Each student engages in hands-on practice. Following cutting practice, we teach the tools and applications of steel preparation for welding followed by hands-on practice. Daily demonstrations help you complete a sculpture by the end of the week.
David Kimball Anderson is a practicing studio artist based in Santa Cruz, Calif. After attending the San Francisco Art Institute, 1966-1971, he attended the Merritt College Vocational Welding program in Oakland, Calif. He exhibits nationally and internationally. David has received three individual National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant and his work is included in numerous public collections.