One Piece at a Time , 2016
Steel, T-Joints, Stainless Steel
One night while working in my welding booth at CCAC listening to Johnny Cash I got an idea. I wanted to create a sculpture that could use T-joints as a symbol of welding school education. T-Joints are a basic steel form that all welding students learn to weld on and are the foundation of welding school curriculum. A student will practice welding these basic forms together hundreds of times in different positions to become ready for their certification test. "One Piece at a Time” intentions as a sculpture are to give the viewer the ability to see rusty T-joints frozen in time as they travel into the scrap bucket. If you study the welds on the T-joints a trained eye may notice the progression of weld quality as they approach the final stainless steel T-joint which is welded very well. The large amount of rusty T-joints that make up the majority of the form is a symbol for how much you must weld before having the ability to produce the welds found on the final stainless T-joint. Welding may seem complicated at first but once you get past the sparks and occasional burns its just repetition to perfection and with education and support you can get there one T-joint or weld at a time.