Fred taught me to weld.
My friend Fred Moore is a metal artist - you've seen his cool metal sculptures at Indigo Home downtown Charleston by Waterfront Park. Fred and I sail together and he's been after me for a couple of years to come use his shop. I don't know what took me so long, I've always wanted to learn to weld.
My lesson took place on a Saturday morning and it involved me practicing on a big heap of scrap metal and rebar. I learned some things:
- Welding helmets are heavier and more technically advanced than you think they are
- Don't wear jeans with holes in them
A few weeks earlier I'd had a dream about little clay, wax and paper sculptures mounted on metal bases. When my blender quit and had to be Sugru'd back together , I really got the urge to make paper again. So after my lesson I told Fred about my idea. Luckily he had scraps of exactly what I needed, and I got to make my dream bases.
Don't make fun of my welds, it's not as easy as it looks.
I was fairly giddy by the time I got home and super proud, like when you make a World's Best Dad coffee mug in kindergarten. The next day I spent the day realizing my dream:
I've only ever kept three pieces of my own art, and this series is one of them. I'm sure there will be more to come. Big thanks to my buddy Fred for making me expand my horizons.