Welders of Instagram: @blackburnfabrication
This week we had the pleasure of sharing with you some work from David Blackburn (@blackburnfabrication).
Dave is one of the coolest and most humble welders out there. Lately, he's been chronicling the fabrication of his new welding rig for everyone and itâ€™s been a thing of beauty, to say the least. As welders, we tend to notice craftsmanship more than the average person, but It's an impressive feat when a guy like Dave can weld a nut to a washer and make you stop to admire it.
If you're not already following him, you can learn a lot from his work, so before reading the rest; go follow him ... we'll wait.
The idea behind the #weldersofIG campaign is to try and highlight some great welders and welding, but each Saturday we like to hear how they got started and what they do day in and day out. This week is no exception:
Weld.com: When did you know you wanted to be a welder?
@blackburnfabrication: I liked working with metal from when I was a kid. My dad used to stick weld a lot and I learned a bunch from him. My uncle owns a body shop and I learned how to mig weld from him. I didn't start TIG welding until I was in my 20's.
Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?
@blackburnfabrication: Most of my work is with thinner material and I'd say 90% of what I do is TIG. A lot of airplane intake and exhaust repairs along with other thin sheet metal repairs. I try and specialize with that type of work. There are a lot of talented weldors that live in my area, so I try and do my own thing. I don't do much pipe or structural welding. Not that I don't like to just is really competitive here.
Weld.com: What advice do you have to high school students or anyone looking to enter into a welding career?
@blackburnfabrication: Best advice I can give younger weldors is spend as much time under your hood as you can. Watch as many old time weldors as you can and practice what they do. You can take something they do and make it your own. Everyone has their own style. Ask questions of your welding teachers, but be respectful. If you are willing to work hard it is a great carrier, but you can't be lazy and expect the work just to come to you.
Special thanks goes out to Dave for allowing us to raid his IG account for the pictures we've been using all week and taking the time to answer some questions for us. If you know someone who deserves to have their welds showcased, give us a shout on Instagram (@welddotcom). Until next week, weld on!