Yesterday, January 30th, 2011, I took a class in TIG welding at TechShop in San Francisco, California. This was the first time I have done any kind of welding. The class was short, at under two hours, so all we had time to learn to do was prepare our torches and practice welding a bead on a blank piece of common steel. Even though this may not seem like anything, it eliminated my fear of arc welding. What astonished me is how quiet TIG welding is. It’s nothing like MIG welding that produces an intense and somewhat nerve wracking ‘welding’ type sound.
TechShop has gotten some nice press, and they had some nice flyers out at the front desk. Here’s an article from CNNmoney.com entitled TechShop: A blowtorch-filled paradise for inventors. Here’s an article from the San Francisco Chronicle entitled Inventor’s need for tools sparked TechShop.
I’m now going to sign up for the aluminum TIG welding class.