Each workshop is unique, they cover an overview of fabrications tools, machine settings, safety, welding techniques and more.
Bring a Friend Promotion: Sign up with a friend/spouse/coworker and get $20 off each person’s registration. You’ll have to sign up under one registration and under one payment to get the deal, however. Promo Link Here Just let Jaque know which class you’d like to apply the discount for.
No experience necessary.
Q & A
Taking the Intro to MIG we can teach just about anyone to weld, but our insurance requires you to be at least 18.
MIG (Metal Inert Gas, also called FCAW or SMAW for flux-core arc welding and shielded metal arc welding) is like using a hot glue gun. Not super precise, but quick, easier because it’s largely one-handed, and great for putting things together, especially when you are just cutting and welding straight pieces.
Additional stuff–if you have a pacemaker, you should not be doing arc welding (any welding using electricity). The magnetic fields do something. If you have trouble seeing in the dark, doing things like night driving, or have really unsteady hands, you will have additional difficulty. We can usually find some work-arounds to help, but those are the most common complaints. Other than that, bring it on.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH OPEN SHOP?
Open shop is a good time to work on your own projects with some supervision. It is not lesson time, but we’ll be available to answer questions, particularly if they relate to a matter of safety or tool usage. You must have taken intro welding with Brad Rice and signed a waiver. Starting November WEDs will be available to reserve a space for open shop from 1-6pm. Inquire about other available times. Price $5-15/hr based on how many hours you buy.
WHAT’S YOUR REFUND AND RESCHEDULING POLICY?
Cancellation Policy: We hope you can make the class, but things happen. If you need to cancel or reschedule, we can refund your money 7 days ahead of the start of the class (minus a $10 registration fee) or we can reschedule you for no fee.
Gift cards/certificates are not refundable or redeemable for cash (unless under $10). They are transferable though.
What about canceling classes?
I hate to cancel classes, but Sculpture Metal Workshops (SMW) reserves the right to cancel classes for underenrollment. It’s partially a matter of money, but more so, it’s a matter of class experience. Classes are more fun and informative when there are more people in the class. Not only do other people add more energy, they also ask questions you didn’t think of right then. Generally, I’ll need two people in the intermediates and four in the intro classes.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING OR WEAR TO MY FIRST CLASS?
You should wear all natural fibers clothes (cotton, wool, leather) in long sleeves and pants, with no holes for sparks to get down. Additionally, you should wear all leather or canvas shoes that cover your foot entirely (no clogs, sandals, or ballet flats). Things like cowboy boots, Vans, Converse are great. No running shoes or mesh or synthetics. Definitely no Crocs, comfortable as they might be.
Feel free to bring your own sunscreen and safety glasses, though I’ll have off-brands available for you. Yes, my sunscreen makes you smell like pina colada. And I like it that way. All the other safety stuff (helmets, gloves, etc) are provided. None of the other classes require that you bring anything to the first class. Second class maybe, but that’ll be discussed in class.
WHERE CAN I BUY STEEL (OR THIS OR THAT)?
Discussed in class.
WHAT ABOUT WAIT LISTS?
If the class is filled up, the events page should allow you to add yourself to the wait list for the class.
WHO CAN SIGN UP FOR THE CLASSES?
Everyone is welcome to join the classes. We have taught people in all ages. And as long as your eyesight is decent (you can night drive and have reading glasses that work) we can teach you. The welding helmet has a very dark lens and it can be difficult for people who have trouble with things like night-driving or low-light vision. Other than that disclaimer, come on down.
What about minors (under 18)?
Students 14-17 can sign up for private lessons classes with a participating adult in a 3:1 student:teacher ratio.
I should also mention once again that these classes are not designed for people looking to become professional, structural welders. That usually requires training and certification using stick welders, which I do not teach. These classes are designed for amateurs, craftsmen, DIY-types, artists, and enthusiasts. People who’ve always loved working with their hands and want to add metalworking to the arsenal.
DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?
You bet. Give me a call or shoot me an email and we can set something up. Cost is $60/hr for the first person and each additional person is an additional $35/hr. A non-refundable deposit of 25% will be required to reserve the shop time and instructor time, but if you reschedule up to 24hrs before the class, we can apply it to your next session. Lessons are all by appointment only.
We do not certify welders or teach how to weld I-beams. Instead, we focus on what most people need: how to fix a fence, build their own furniture, and how to make sculpture, chandeliers and more. Private lessons are available for individuals or for groups, especially good for job training (non-certified welding especially). We are also available for project consulting.