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Four welds we like

By Nick Wright

Welders show off endless shots of slick welding beads on Instagram — here are some of our favorites

December 8, 2015 - Take a look at some of the cleanest, impressive, most striking welds we recently came across from welders on Instagram. There are tens of thousands of weld photos posted every minute, and it can get overwhelming to decide on favorites. But lately these rose to the top. We give you a bit about each welder behind the torch.

Brandon Du Melle

welding
@brandondumelle_

Du Melle is the lead R&D/custom fabricator for AMS Performance, a company in West Chicago, Illinois, that calibrates, repairs and maintains turbocharged engines. He’s in the process of building his own shop so he can do nonconflicting work on the side.

“I pretty much strictly do custom performance fabrication and development work/engineer new products,” he says.”

Mark Winchester

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@winchester_metal_works

Winchester, who owns Winchester Metal Works (WMW) in Colton, California, does mostly custom automotive fabrication: oil pans, valve covers, and transmission pans. He says he learned how to weld as a kid on a farm in Northern California, “just fun projects and messing around in the garage growing up. I taught myself using a [Miller] Syncrowave 250.” 

After high school, the Navy taught him welding fundamentals. “I started welding as a profession after I got out of the Navy in 2003. “

WMW, his business, is still a work in progress, he adds. “Joining Instagram and getting feedback from a great welding community has given me a lot of confidence that there’s a place for a business like the one I’m building.” 

He uses an HTP Invertig 221 machine for welding at my shop. 

“The best part of having my own shop is getting back from it what I put in. If I work hard and put in the hours then the reward comes back directly to me.” 

Logan Lamb

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@totalqualitygtaw

Lamb, from Buckhannon, West Virginia, is the welder behind @TotalqualityGTAW. He welds for TQ Constructors Inc., a high-purity and utility stainless mechanical contractor in Dayton, Kentucky. Lamb attended Hobart Institute of Welding Technology’s pipe and structural program in 2010. He’s been welding since he was 15 and is now 23. “Someone with little-to-no knowledge about welding can walk out of there after taking the full program and have a pretty solid foundation as a welder.”

His preferred welding machines are anything blue: Miller Electric. His daily is a Maxstar 200 DX or Dynasty 200, and the Synchrowave is his go-to for aluminum.

However, “My favorite engine drives will always be Lincoln Electric,” he says, noting older SA 200s, vintage 400s and new SAE 300s. 

His long term goals as a welder are “to gather as much knowledge as I can about welding different materials,” as well as deliver consistent welds and teach others about what he does. 

“Welding came natural to me and I fell in love with it the first time I struck an arc. I remember saying I want to do this for the rest of my life.

David Ray Gutierrez

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@davidraygutierrez

One of the hardest working pipeliners whose photos we can’t get enough of is David Gutierrez from Enid, Oklahoma. He’s welded on pipeline jobs across the country, including projects in West Virginia, Utah and Montana.

In 2010 he began welding out of his own welding rig and has been running his truck ever since. “I’ve been all over the U.S. working for different companies and love every minute of it. I have my CPWI [certified pipeline welding inspector] certification so that's where my next step will be when the opportunity arises.”

See the December 2015 welding feature in FFJournal for more on David Gutierrez.

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