Recently I’ve had the opportunity to talk to several distributors taking part in some amazing and unique events. My most recent entry about Ozarc Gas’ Weld-A-Thon is a perfect example.
Another distributor, Cee Kay Supply, took part in its hometown of St. Louis’ Clean Stream event. The focus of the event is picking up trash from the local parks—and after that the fun starts. A group of local artists pick from these found materials to turn trash into art. Not only did Cee Kay Supply provide gases and equipment to support the event, two of its employees even participated. Heath Wells, regional vice president of sales, was kind enough to share some photos of the blue heron sculpture he created with Area Manager Dave Teson.
As he explained the process of creating the piece—a flap wheel to bring out the shine, a torch to tint the metal—I began to realize that welding art is much more than welding. Depending on the piece, it may encompass many processes including those mentioned, along with cutting, brazing, soldering and others. With all of the attention on welding, some of the other processes in fabrication and finishing are overlooked.
Proving furthermore that it’s not all about welding, I recently came across an artist named David B. Harton who focuses on plasma cutting art. You can check out a video of his work here. His structural artwork requires some serious technique and skill.