JohnL wrote:Hi all: I need someone in the Bend, Oregon area that can teach me to weld. I am an experienced rafter and fisherman, former whitewater guide, and I want to start designing and making my own raft frames. So, I need to know how to cope and weld steel pipe and aluminum tubing. I work full-time and have a family so this would be a couple of hours a week, evenings and weekends. I'm a fast learner and good with my hands. Any help you you can give me in finding a teacher would be greatly appreciated!
Hi John and welcome!
Do you have your own TIG? If not, get yourself a good one! If you aren't sure about what to get as far as a machine goes, assess your needs and post them out here, then see what advice drifts in. My attitude is to get more machine that you need, that way if you ever run into something heavier, you aren't stuck.
Check with you local community college. Ask if they have some night courses. If not, ask if you can sit in on a couple of sessions and in return donate consumables to the program - that would be grinding wheels, face shields, safety glasses, etc. - keep in mind that you are looking to get a few hundred dollars worth of training, so be generous! If there is no room for you in the program, ask about graduates who might want to come over to your place and teach you. Maybe you could post an ad on craigslist offering to trade services. But be careful! The guy you get to train you might not know what he is doing. Look for someone with real world experience. If you find someone and have no confidence in them, drop them and find someone else!