Growing up on a farm, I remember my father welding a little bit. What I really remember is the fact that you couldn't watch "It will burn your eyes out" my dad would say. Then I would envision the scene from Raiders of the Lost Arc, when they open the secret chest and the demons and ghost fly out, if you looked, they entered your body and instantly your corpse would crumble. Then I would wonder, what if the barn cat is in there watching? Would her eyes burn too?
Years pasted and I found myself watching Monster Garage on one of the satellite channels I had for a little while. I have always loved cars, and a show about modifying them was right up my alley. But after a few weeks, the show drove me nuts, I wanted to create things from scratch. To fabricate and modify was exciting. Then like magic, a flyer came in the mail advertising night classes for adults at our local learning center. Intro to welding was one, and I could afford it.
I soon called my dad to find out what kind of welder grandpa had so I could learn on that type. Grama was happy to have me take it out of her garage. Although the teacher thought I should learn wire welding, I practiced on stick since that was what I was getting. The more I learned, the more I realized my dad wasn't a smooth welder. I should have known that when I was about 16 and the horse broke away from the cart that my dad made!
Now welding to me it more like art. Any artist knows that creativity comes in spurts Sometime I would go down to my cellar and not do much of anything. I tend to make things out of horse shoes since I have many of them. But this winter I decided to make a sleigh. So now it is done, at least ready for a spin, and then maybe some modifications. I really hope if it has problems, it will be a design flaw and NOT a weak weld. I will also add, that the shafts of the sleigh, are the same ones my friend Dan Kinnen made for my dads cart over 15 years ago. Dan is a master welder, and I definitely idolize his skill.