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When Welding Beads Reach Artistic Heights
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The website TwistedSifter posted a gallery of pipe welder Scott Raabe’s handiwork that you have to see to believe.

Here’s what TwistedSifter had to say:

Scott Raabe is a Texas-based welder with nearly a decade of professional welding experience since graduating from Texas State Technical College with a degree in welding.

On Reddit, where Scott shared an album of his recent welds last week, he explains that he started as a small parts/custom welder for a production company before switching to pipe fitting/welding. He then got into structural welding but now works as a pipe welder.

Scott also creates custom metal designs and artworks. He is available for commissions and you can contact him through his website. You can also follow him on Instagram to see more sweet welds.

Here’s a gallery of some of the images taken from the Reddit thread. This guy is definitely not your average rod burner.

When I started discussing this on Facebook, Make: contributor John Abella pointed out that there’s a subreddit of welding pr0n with many more pictures of ridiculously perfect and fancy welds.

[Via Andrew Plumb’s Facebook page]

6 thoughts on “When Welding Beads Reach Artistic Heights

  1. Grg Jil says:

    WELDone

  2. Kevin Curl says:

    Makes me wish I was still physically able to weld at my old job again !

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  3. David Ellis says:

    Want to scratch that “wanta try welding” itch? Check out your local community college. http://www.cod.edu/programs/welding/

  4. edanb says:

    What a beautiful weld! It’s like a metallic rainbow, and the idea of a welding pr0n subreddit is fantastic! I was just searching for a new welding project to do and found some awesome ideas here http://weldinghelmetpros.com/cool-welding-projects-you-can-do-at-home, for those interested.

  5. David Ellis says:

    The scinece (Metallurgy) behind the coloration is very interesting. Check out how the color speaks to the tempature of the weld https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Tempering_standards_used_in_blacksmithing.JPG/300px-Tempering_standards_used_in_blacksmithing.JPG The page with more details is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempering_(metallurgy)

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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