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MIG Welding

Get started fusing metals with electricity

Upcoming Sessions

  • 175 US dollars
  • The Yard on Santa Fe

Service Description

INSTRUCTOR: Ashe MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is a widely used form of arc welding that channels electricity through a solid metal wire fed through a welding gun-- it's a lot like using a hot glue gun but instead of glue it's metal! This class is a perfect starting place for beginner welders who want a thorough explanation of the tools, equipment, and techniques. MIG welding has many applications and is an essential skill for building things (large and small). Our MIG class walks you through the ins and outs of the entire process, discussing the different types of welding and shield gases and in what situations they are used. You will also learn about our welding machines, including what's inside of the machine, how to select settings, machine consumables, and how to properly protect yourself before beginning. From here we will begin with learning basic TACKING (a welders primary defense for warping), STRAIGHT WELDING, and WEAVING WELDS. Each student will have time to practice each of these techniques during class, while the instructor watches closely and coaches them on body posture and correct techniques. The class ends with a introduction fabrication project, where students will receive pre-cut material and will use their newly found skills to weld it together. The project will vary by class, but a student can expect to leave with something like a wall shelf with hooks, a small fire pit, or a small table. LEVEL: Beginner PRE-REQUISITES: None OPEN STUDIO QUALIFIER: Yes - MIG process only DURATION: 4 hrs (approx.) CAPACITY: 2 people AGES: 14+ (9-13 with adult supervision-- contact for details)

Rules and Policies

Safety code strictly enforced for your safety and the safety of others. Dress for success-- - Wear all natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, canvas, denim, leather, etc.). Synthetic fabrics can melt to the skin and should be avoided. - Closed toed shoes are required at all times in the shop. Canvas or leather shoes are recommended but not required. - Long hair should be tied back and dangling jewelry/accessories should be removed. - H&F provides all other necessary Personal Protective Equipment (helmets, caps, jackets, gloves, etc.) - If you have safety equipment of your own that you prefer to wear, please feel free to bring it with you. Hardy & Fuller provides water and some snacks for our guests, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. Accessibility: Open to all differently abled persons. Please call or email with any questions or concerns. At Hardy & Fuller, we strive to provide a safe and inclusive space for all of our customers. We reserve the right to refuse service to any person for any reason, especially if the individual is racist, aggressive or bigoted towards LGBTQ+ persons. Our classes are scheduled for specific lengths of time that we found to be the most optimal for student success. Each student is different, therefore we have provided some flexibility at the end of classes to stay for 30 minutes to allow students to finish projects. We cannot stay past the extra 30 minutes, as our schedule is tightly packed. If we do not think you will finish in that time, we will let you know your options for attending Open Studio to finish the project. Thank you for understanding. Cancellations and Refunds: For a full refund, reserved spots must be cancelled 48 hours in advance. NO EXCEPTIONS. This means two days before the day of the class, i.e. if your class is on Sunday, you must cancel or reschedule on Thursday before the class for a full refund. Purchased classes can be RESCHEDULED ON THE MEMBER PORTAL if cancelled within the time frame. These policies allow us to pay our staff and specialty teachers a higher wage that matches their years of expertise that they will be sharing with you during your time here. They also allow us to continue providing a safe environment for everyone. We thank you in advance for respecting our policies and we look forward to stoking the flames with you!

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