May 27, 2005

Welding Rodeo

Last weekend, Jen and I went to Bellingham Technical College and enjoyed their Welding Rodeo. Teams will sign up to compete, a large pile of metal is available for everyone and each team is allotted eight hours to come up with a piece of art.

There is a judging and then a silent auction at the end.

Here are some photos:

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The pile of raw materials after it had been picked over a good bit.
All sorts of treasures here — steel, aluminum, stainless…
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There were a number of other exhibitors — this guy is a great blacksmith. He was making little charms for keychains here but he also showed people some of the knives he makes as “serious” work. Awesome stuff… They also had some of the major welding supply stores including my favorite Central Welding.
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And of course, what's a Welding Rodeo without a nice cool Ice Sculpture to look at.
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The event was catered by the Bellingham Technical College Culinary Arts Institute. These people know what they are doing… The ribs were awesome, tender with a nice smoke and the sauce had just the right amount of heat. I also had a side of the Sauerkraut they were serving with their homemade wieners. A kiss of heaven. I am going to have to get that recipie…
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Hard at work
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Grinding metal
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Arcs and Sparks
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Here is a wall with finished pieces from previous students work.
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And we discover the secret to all that activity.
KrispyKremes and regular Coke.
Caffeine and Sugar.
Good stuff!

Jen and I went back the next day to look at the finished pieces. I'll write about that soon.

UPDATE: 06-05-2005
Finally got the winners photographs out of the camera (its been busy at the Farm)

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The last was Jen's and my favorite. Fun!

Posted by DaveH at May 27, 2005 09:42 PM | TrackBack
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Howdy,
Was looking for pictures of this years welding rodeo, and came across your site. I am pleased to read that you liked the last sculpture best as I made it. If you would like to see more of my work, email me, and I would be glad to send you pictures of my work.
Bart Ocheltree

Posted by: Bart Ocheltree at June 22, 2005 10:50 AM
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