It was 19months between my last automotive sculpture, the welding supply truck, and the Desoto. 14 months between my last sculpture before the surgeries, “Partners,” and my first after, “Coexist.” Other than my amazing wife Darla, I’m not sure anyone could or should understand how much has happened in that year and a half, the toll it took on us physically and mentally, how much is left to fight through, AND how excited we are for our future. And as cliche as it sounds, the support we get not only from our friends, family, and collectors, but also y’all that take the time to just “like” a pic or write a nice comment means so much to both of us. The next year is going to be TOUGH for many of the reasons the last year has been, plus some new ones….but there are big things in the works both personally and professionally. The hope is bigger than the fear. As an artist and a tradesman, as someone who loves what I do and loves the city I learned to do it in, as an enthusiast that wants to share what he’s experienced and be part of the next generation’s growth as creators…
I can’t wait.
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I used Collin’s #14 @toxicfab cup to weld the 1/4 stainless Icon lizard plate to the 3/8 mild base. 3/32 tungsten, 35 CFH. Just a quick and dirty freehand cut with the @millerwelders 375 xtreme plasma, the tip needs replaced so not the crispiest of slices. But the piece fit in with just a little gap, albeit a somewhat uneven gap. I set the top of the stainless piece just a hair above surface of the base. The weld is slightly concave, but it looks cool and I wanted to introduce as little heat as possible to the lizard.
Every now and then I get a message that’s something along the lines of “but really, give me your honest opinion of the toxic cup.” Rest assured that if I write it here, it IS my honest opinion, and I’m pry not gonna write you back because I don’t like what your question implies. If I use something, it’s because I like it. Just like with my welding equipment, I’ve used Miller since I struck my first arc. A handful of other brands asked me to work with them before I officially partnered with Miller, but it was always Blue or bust.
The puddle control you get with Collin’s cup is second to none. It’s not for every situation… the visibility isn’t great and the gas usage goes up because of the required stick out, and the cup itself isn’t ultra durable (although the diffuser is freaking tough/awesome). But with this piece I knew I had an inconsistent gap and odd joint to work with, and one shot to do it, so I took the time to swap cups. It was worth it. “Edge control” as he likes to say.
Then I tucked it back away and threw on another dime a dozen #7 lens.
#browndogwelding #icon #lizard #weldporn #weldor #toxicfab #millerwelders
Pretty cool way to return to automotive sculptures, the first I’ve done since the surgeries. Jonathan Ward is someone whose design sense and eye for craftsmanship is something I’ve admired for a while, so I was pretty excited when he asked if I’d take on his @ICON4x4 Derelict Desoto. (For those that don’t know the car, look it up on Jay Leno’s Garage YT channel or hit up www.icon4x4.com).
#browndogwelding #desoto #detroit #LA #derelict #mopar #weldporn #sculpture #millerwelders #semashow