Vince Hanley, a welding instructor at Pullman High School in Pullman, Washington, sent us this photo. Ten years in the making, this tribute to welding and Lincoln's venerable Idealarc® 250 stick welder stands approximately 14-feet tall. Begun as one student's independent study project, "Legacy in Iron" took on a life of its own. The last class to work on the statue built the base, mounted the figures, and TIG welded the lettering.
Vince's students made the statue primarily from scrap steel and old test coupons. Some parts like the current setting dial (it actually turns!) on the welder and the welding and work cables are made of aluminum. The phrase on the brass sign is from the 1956 John Wayne movie "The Searchers" and was formed with a plasma cutter. The steel portions were left unpainted, letting Mother Nature provide the color.
*The above project images and descriptions have 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.