TIG welding on stainless pipe. Beautiful weave pattern and the heat colors make it even prettier. More photos and a short video of the "industrial worker" walking the cup here.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, school started this week. I've got a morning class and as I usually do, I cover the syllabus, equipment required, goals and objectives - all the usual first day of class stuff - and then we take a walk around the shop. I shown them where the fire extinguishers are, the equipment they'll be using and then we talk a little safety. I've got them all in a circle around one of the welding machines and I put a couple of welding rod stubs on the floor to show them how they can act like rollers and have your feet go out from under you. About the time I bend over to pick the stubs up off the floor one of the students passes out, hits his head on the welder and then does a face plant on the floor. They hauled him out in the ambulance with a gash on his head and a chipped tooth. Then to make matters worse, one of the other students starts to black out - seems he gets that way at the sight of blood. Great way to start the new semester. Other than that, it looks like I've got a good bunch of students in both of my classes. I've got several guys who are ex-military - they always make good students. I've also got a couple of young ladies and they usually can weld rings around the guys if they put their minds to it.
I got a bunch of things done around the shack this week, took the Missus to one of the many doctors she sees, cleaned the little clown car out and took it in for service, worked a bit on the shop and got a little more done on the 900. Pretty good week in spite of the kid taking the dive the first day of classes.