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    At 55, I'm planning my retirement at 65. People like to talk about going fishing or golfing all the time when they retire, but actually most would be bored shitless after a couple of months. I gave a lot of thought to a home business where I could work for someone else if need be. Something that gave me an opportunity to pick and choose jobs plus be outside. Being inside on a computer or shuffling papers isn't my idea of fun. In the end I took a year's worth of welding classes at a local community college, two nights a week, for $2000. It was very enjoyable.

    Even though there are many practical applications to welding, it's also an art form. Here are a couple of my works:

    A 22 inch scorpion from scrap. My beagle is dates the picture as Halloween:
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    An armadillo from horseshoes:
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    Wire feed aka MIG?
     
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    Very nice Divine, indeed :)
    One of my sons is a welder, and he says having to work in this hot heat is a killer.
    My first husband was a welder, still is actually, and I remember him constantly burning his eyes because he refused to wear his protective glasses.
    Dumbass, he pissed me off so many times ~LoL~
    My son wears his...and once again kudos to you for some terrific products!
     
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    I use MIG, but those were stick since I need the practice. I also have a TIG set up for my stick welder, but need a lot of practice there. I'll save that for cooler weather.

    Yes, the heat is why I haven't been working on my latest project, a trailer, for 6 weeks. It will be late September or October before I do.

    Your son is smart. Repeated exposure to unfiltered welding arcs results in loss of sight over time and with age. My girlfriend recruits workers for a temp employment agency. Mostly industrial type workers including welders. She asked about the blindness thing since she knew some of the older welders who were having problems and worried about me. I told her it was caused by improper use of safety equipment just like hearing protection.
     
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    Wow! A man of art! Fabuloso!
     
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    Very nice, DW! :clap2:

    I start welding classes on the 15th. I'm stoked. I have some projects in mind -- art, furniture, maybe even a car.
     
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    love it and you wont believe what people will pay for yard art.....can you make them move and all.....

    but i love the work....good luck
     
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    Great! I loved it. Where will you be going to school? Night or day classes?

    I'm working on a trailer now, but my girlfriend was eyeing a wooden loveseat swing for $300 and I said I could build a better one of steel for the same price. Looks like I'll have to prove it when the temps drop down to sane levels.
     
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    Thanks. I've seen some cowboy art. A common thing around here is horseshoes for lamps, boot mud cleaners, hat racks, etc.

    I want to do something a little different plus practice my skills at the same time. Especially TIG skills so I was thinking of visiting an aircraft junkyard and buying scrapped airframes for furniture. Something like this DC-9 bed. I'd start small, like a coffee table or something.

    http://sleeprevolution.com/blog/bed-frame-blog-news/the-dc9-bed-has-wings/
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    Night classes, here. I tried to switch to day classes, but they were all full by the time my plans changed.
    :clap2: She'll love you for it. :)
     
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