By day, welding is the skill I have used to earn a living. My welds must conform to the straight lines and right angles of I-beams and concrete. Often I am so focused on the fierce tip of the electrode that I fail to notice the magnificent human and mechanical symphony of the jobsite happening all around me.
At night in my studio, I can weld figures which express the complex curves and stances of daily life. Using literally the same materials (scrap pieces of steel reinforcing bars), I can work my TIG torch to create musculature, instruments, and motion. Essentially, I layer beads of molten steel in the same way that clay is built up in modeling sculpture. Later I use a series of grinders to carve, shape, and finish each piece.