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Bob Dylan has taken to welding and iron working in his latest artistic project. Pulling from his iron ore roots of Hibbing Minnesota, Dylan has put together a series of gates that use found materials and scrap metal. Echoes of small town life emanate from the meat grinder, wrench, and roller skate in one work.

Image Source: Columbus Dispatch

His exhibition is called “Mood Swings” and is on display at the Halcyon Gallery in central London. This marks the official launch of Dylan’s latest artistic endeavor. The metal gates are large, imposing, and somewhat chaotic, selling for roughly $56,000 each.

The 72-year-old artist commented, “I was born and raised in iron ore country – where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I’ve always worked with it in one form of another… Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.”

Welding Industry

New Tappan Zee Bridge in New York State Delayed: “The project to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge has run into some welding issues. The massive pilings being set into the Hudson River to support the new span need to be welded by special workers from various parts of the country.

Tappan Zee Constructors is bringing in specialized welders from Alabama and New Orleans to help install the enormous and critical permanent piles that will hold up the main span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. This has caused a delay of as much as 30 days for that portion of the project.”

Welding Jobs

Texas Air Conditioning Business Given Up for Welding Shop: “Welding started off as a hobby for Montgomery resident Brian Wilke, a trade he picked up from his father-in-law. But in 2006, Wilke, with the help of his wife, Angee, transformed his family’s automotive air conditioning business into Wilke’s Badass Pits, building custom fire pits, smokers and grills.

‘I just find a passion in what I do now versus the air conditioning (business),’ he said. ‘It was fun for a while but you know you like to do things that are going to make you happy.’”

Ford Adds Welding Jobs to Factory in Buffalo After New York Power Proceeds Board Approves Funds: “Ford is to receive $1 million — just under half the total amount okayed by the board — for a modernization of the Buffalo Stamping Plant. The automaker has not yet released details on the project but the board said funding would be used for workforce training tied to new technologies including robots for material handling, welding and roll hemming, weld controllers with adaptive welding and other technologies. officials said the technologies will require extensive training for the workforce, including 100 new jobs, which is what the recommended funding will go toward.”

Illinois Welder Is a Minority in Welding Field: Marla Kinkade grew up around her father’s welding shop, but never considered it a career option until later in life. “Welding is now a career she relishes, and one in which she has started her own business, “Metals by Marla,” working side by side with her father, Dave, who owns and operates Dave’s Welding Shop along East Delaware Street in the small Livingston County community.”

Welding Education

State Funding Kicks in for Ohio College Welding Program: “Washington State Community College will begin two new programs next year, and may also see an increase in state funding. During the college board of trustees meeting Monday in the main building on campus, the board unanimously approved the purchase of equipment for a welding program.”

High School Students from Yuma, Arizona Dominate Welding Competition: “Hosted by Mingus High School at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Ariz.; a total of 10 teams from around the state competed in the 2013 2nd Annual Welding Thunder. Arizona Western College and Kofa High School teams both received second place in the two-day competition in their respective categories. San Luis High School also participated in the event for the first time.”

Welding Events

WEMCO Annual Meeting: The WEMCO Annual Meeting will be on February 20th-22nd, 2014at The Vinoy® Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welder in England Sets His Car on Fire: “The owner had been welding the car and smoke was coming from it. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the fire before extinguishing it.”


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