For twenty years, Tim Crane has been a professional welder: as a millwright, he’s welded in everything from sawmills, steel mills and fabrication shops:
"I have had the opportunity to use a wide range of welders from a cannibalized WWII aircraft welder with no visible setting marks in Merida, Mexico, to a state-of-the-art TIG welder to make a stainless steel afterburner for the Starbucks Coffee plant in Seattle, Washington."
After welding professionally for so long, Tim decided to try his hand at metal sculpting, which requires a lot of creativity, patience, skill and a welder that is tough, yet versatile, portable, and delivers a smooth arc and very clean bead appearance. One year ago, Tim began to search for a welder that would be capable of his demanding work. After extensive searching, he went with a brand that has continually proved its performance:
"I decided to give metal sculpting a try and was looking for a small machine for my shop. I looked at several inexpensive brands, but wanted something I could depend on. I decided to spend a little more and go with a Lincoln Weld-Pac because I had never had a problem with one."
Over this past year, Tim Crane has created some veritable masterpieces. With nothing more than a torch, a grinder, a whole lot of scrap metal, and of course his Lincoln Weld-Pac, Tim’s hobby projects have become objects of admiration. Who would have ever thought that Groucho Marks could be brought to life with steel, a monstrous metal dragon could writhe on Tim’s front lawn, or a gleaming electrical guitar could stand proudly immortalized!
"It’s been my pleasure to demonstrate the versatility and reliability of this machine to several folks who have since bought their own Lincoln welder for various projects."
*This project has been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.