Introduction to MIG Welding

DATE:  August 15, 2010     CATEGORIES:  Class Description, Metalworking, Welding

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Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

This class is designed to introduce students to the process of MIG welding, an easy-to-learn type of welding most often used in the manufacture of sculptures, buildings, and other heavy metal weldments. Students will learn how to weld different types of shapes and different types of joints together, and will learn how to use the large range of supporting equipment (brushes, sanders, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

Class Goals:

The goal of this class will be to train a student to the point where they can weld on Asylum equipment safely and independently.




Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

Instructor Biography: Hilljack (Randall Bird)


I make everything, mostly from scratch. Moonshine, Biodiesel, Alternate-Fuel Vehicles ( I own 22 cars… in various stages of completion), Gravity Soapbox Karts, Boats, Things that Fly, -just about everything! The most important thing I make- A Difference.  I have combined a lifelong obsession with ecology, recycle and re-use with a penchant for building my own tools and machines and teaching these passions to others.  I am interested in Making the Impossible Possible.  I love an Underdog Project or a Doomed Expedition.  I am a master Sheet Metalsmith, a Mold Maker, a Welder, Tinkerer, Mechanic, Fabricator, Problem Solver and Dreamer.

Class Times:

Session 1: 9/4/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

Session 2: 9/11/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

Session 3: 9/18/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

Session 4: 9/25/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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