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Welding

Classes taught at The Crucible

Joining metal with heat is a fabrication process used since the Bronze Age, and new technology develops continually. The Crucible teaches beginning and advanced classes in four different kinds of welding: oxy-acetylene gas welding, arc or stick welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Start with a beginning class in one type of welding, or sample all four types in our Exploring Welding class.

Adult Classes

3-Hour Taster: MIG Welding

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to metal inert gas (MIG) welding, plasma cutting, and fabrication processes, create a small metal sculpture to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.

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Build Your Own Backyard BBQ or Fire Pit

Whether you’re a BBQ enthusiast or enjoy entertaining around a fire pit, learn to design and build the ultimate BBQ or fire pit from a recycled tank and scrap metal. The class will focus on reuse of materials to create a functional one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture. On the last day of class, we will fire up a BBQ or two and celebrate our creations with a grill-fest! Then you can show off your hand-crafted BBQ or fire pit to friends all summer long.

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Burn Barrel

Use your creativity to design and create a decorative outdoor fire pit, called a burn barrel, out of a steel drum. We will focus on the subtractive process, using oxyacetylene torch cutting techniques. Please come to class with a sketchbook and any ideas you may have.

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Exploring Welding

Can’t decide what type of welding to take? Explore the varied possibilities of welding. We will focus on four types of welding: oxyacetylene, stick, metal inert gas (MIG), and tungsten inert gas (TIG). Students will get the chance to try all four, and this class will guide you to the types most appropriate for the projects you want to complete.

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Friday Flame: MIG Welding

End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece!

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MIG Welding

MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise, then transitions into a small creative project. Come with ideas for a simple project.

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Oxy-acetylene Welding

Welding with heat produced by burning gases is one of the oldest methods of welding, dating back to ancient Greece. In this course, students will be introduced to the gas burning torch, learning to control gases and use heat to cut, braze, and weld steel. The class begins with a collection of technical exercises and finishes with a small creative project all in mild steel.

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The Art of Metal: Design and Furniture Fabrication

Fabricate one-of-a-kind metal furniture for your home! Going beyond basic MIG welding, this course focuses on designing and fabricating functional and aesthetically interesting benches, coffee tables, flower stands, cabinets, wheeled furniture, shelves, coat racks, and just about any other piece of furniture you might like to fabricate. Projects will be evaluated for feasibility and cost, given the time frame. The Crucible has limited material available for students, and students are responsible for acquiring additional materials if their project requires it. Upon registration, The Crucible will provide a list of acceptable materials, sources, and suppliers. Be prepared to weld and cut on the first day as a review.
PREREQUISITE: MIG Welding I

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TIG Welding I

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a non-consumable tungsten electrode, and inert gas to form an arc and create a weld. Using cold-rolled steel, this course starts with a series of small exercises and progresses into a challenging technical project, giving students a foundation in basic metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety.

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TIG Welding II

This class expands on the basic skills taught in TIG Welding I. Students will be given a series of technical exercises designed to improve their focus and control, review joint types, positions, and beads, and introduce them to new fabrication tips and techniques. Students will venture into TIG welding other types of metals, with an emphasis on aluminum and stainless steel. This class prepares you to work on your own, either in your own shop or through the CREATE Program. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I

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Welded Sculpture I

Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use power and hand tools to finish your work. You’ll make a small sculpture to take home.

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Welded Sculpture II

In this course, students will learn advanced joints, welding positions, and techniques in arc welding and oxy-acetylene torch cutting to take their sculptural ideas to the next level. Students will also be introduced to new fabrication tools and finishing techniques to give their sculpture a more polished and professional appearance. PREREQUISITE: Welded Sculpture I

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Welding Immersion Program

The Crucible Immersion Workshops are designed to give beginning and advanced students an opportunity for a deep-dive study in a particular curriculum area. Over the course of five days, students will learn theory, principles, and techniques that will support a project of their choosing. Each day will consist of a morning and afternoon work session and will end with an open lab in the evening. That last day will be a full 8-hour lab session. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The week will conclude with a dinner and reception, where students will have the chance to exhibit their work, discuss and reflect on their experience. Friends and family will be welcome and can join the dinner for a fee.

The class begins with an introduction to MIG welding and fabrication, basic equipment, and shop safety. Students will discuss their project ideas, strategizing with the instructor in a supportive environment. Projects will be evaluated for feasibility and cost, given the one-week timeframe. The Crucible has limited material available for students, and students are responsible for acquiring additional materials if their project requires it. Upon registration, The Crucible will provide a list of acceptable materials, sources, and suppliers.

During the first two days of the workshop, students will focus on welding and fabrication techniques. Each open lab session is available time for students to work. Instruction on the third day will focus on review, then all the remaining work sessions will be dedicated to completing student projects.

Our professional welding faculty will guide students through the steps needed to design, fabricate, and bring their projects to completion. Furniture, lighting, and sculpture of all types are encouraged in this workshop.

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Women’s Arc Welding

Ladies, learn welding taught by women, for women! This class covers all the same material as Welded Sculpture I, but in an all-female environment. No prior experience needed.

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Women’s MIG Welding

Ladies, learn welding taught by women, for women! This class covers all the same material as MIG I, but in an all-female environment. No prior experience needed.

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Wood + Metal

Learn the fundamental properties of wood and metal, the two titans of materials. Students create a custom piece of furniture that incorporates both materials and highlights the ways each one complements the other. Bring your ideas and measurements for a small piece of custom wood and metal furniture. Past projects include coffee tables, bookshelves, and small desks.

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Youth Classes

Youth Girls MIG Welding

This class is taught specifically for girls by women welders. MIG (Metal Inert Gas), the most common type of modern welding, where a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Students learn to manipulate the welding torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. Students also learn about the fundamentals of metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. Plasma torch cutting will also be covered. This class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.

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Youth Intro to Welded Sculpture

Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal. This intensive introduction to stick welding (also known as arc welding) and oxyacetylene torch cutting is taught by a technical pro. In-depth demonstrations and guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment as instructors help you create a small welded sculpture or project.

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Youth MIG Welding

MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.

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Youth TIG Welding

TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a highly precise method of welding that makes clean and focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. You will learn the basics of TIG welding by working with mild steel. You will create sculpture projects that allow you to put your creativity and welding skills to use!

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Youth Welded Sculpture Immersion Program

Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal in this intensive introduction to stick (or arc) welding and oxyacetylene torch cutting. Guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary.

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