TIG welding is generally recognized as the welding technique of choice for artisans and more exotic materials including aluminum and stainless steel. TIG welding is a lower amperage precision arc welding process particularly useful in artwork and metal sculpture.
This hands-on introduction is the first two of a four-part series. Class size is 4 people facilitating one-on-one learning and direct mentoring. Each participant will have the use of a fully equipped TIG welding station.
The objective of the TIG series is for you to be able to comfortably weld using the TIG process.
The class includes shop safety and hazard awareness and proper use of Personal Protection Equipment. There is a brief introduction to welding theory and proper preparation of materials. Each student will go through the set up process for TIG welding on a Miller 215 Welder. There will be approximately three hours of hands-on instruction in making a weld, different types of welds, and torch and filler rod manipulation.
At the end of the initial class, students should be able to lay down a good weld bead and be able to attach two pieces of steel in different configurations.
BARN will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
A materials fee of $18 for steel coupons, gas, tungsten, and filler rod is included in the price of class.
Participants must wear long sleeve shirt and pants in natural fiber clothing and closed toe shoes (preferably leather or cotton). Stretch fabrics are prohibited.
There is no heat in the welding studio -- dress warmly
Erin Munter was raised locally on the Island. In her 20's she moved to Oakland, California and attended the welding program at Laney College for 4 years. During this time she interned and volunteered at a metal arts school called The Crucible. She returned to Bainbridge Island and began doing furniture bases and other fabrication for Coyote Woodshop. Eventually she moved on to work at an Island fabricating shop as well as teach at another Kitsap area school aimed towards children's welding education. She still currently does fabrication all over Kitsap. Her passion is everything welded including large and small indoor and outdoor household amenities. She also takes part in the local art community with sculptures in local shows past and future.
Submitted 9-16/Reviewed 9-19/tt