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Posted July 10, 2004
Can You Weld? Here's How!
This book compares with a fictional title, 'Winning An Olympic Marathon,' in which the author cautions the reader against using ill-fitting shoes. As a long time welder, I was disappointed to find upon reading a book I thought would be devoted to extensive descriptions of various sculptures created by welding methods, instead a book that has easily seventy pages devoted to the basic use of welding equipment (Do not use matches to light your torch. Hand burns may result.), or elementary construction. (To build a box, first weld two sides together.) In this case, the reader would be better off obtaining a pamphlet on welding basics or taking a class on welding at a local Community College. The author then goes on to describe various aspects of the artist's goals, such as the economics of distributing your work, but precious little is left to the actual creation of different works, aside from brief descriptions of various works, describing the metals from which they were created. All in all, I found this book disappointing. Take a welding class, visit a museum, or better yet, a welding sculptor's studio, and use the money you'd use for this book on subway fare.
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