-Just as a sidenote and a bit of good PR work for all involved- If
you are looking to enrich and grow your partnership potentials and
educate others- try finding a college or vocational school that have
an “Industrial Welding” or “Ship and Pipefitting” school. Most
industrial areas and major commerce cities have them. These teach all
manner of brazing soldering and welding functions- from the micro
torch application to the truly large and cumbersome “No-load” Inert
gas alloy welds.
-Most programs have advanced students or professors that love to
showcase how lessons are applied to “real world” problems. I think
the work to find the program can be and is worth it. I have used this
approach several times and loved the results! The school supplied the
brazing rods AT COST and all I had to do was show up and watch the
work! (It took about 3 phone calls to the department and then 2
meetings- about 5 hours total time, and one week to set up.)
-DONT FORGET- what we do is create- and by building this partnership
I have enjoied the opportunity to get several things "custom-made"
usually at cost for a students project. (certain braces or
mountings, and in one instance a tempered handmade stake for a
vessel I was working on) with some control over specifications!
Several of the students from my first foray into the use of
academics have begun creating jewelry as well- and I have friends in
the department to use or call on for reference or technical skills!
-Noted items for looking into as well are other vocational arts! I
found several great tax-deductions by allowing students of said
welding program into the shop for a bit, and the supplies (scrap)
donated to the school have provided me with excellent return when it
comes to tax-time!
-On that note- if youre looking to educate yourself as well- the
HOBART welding company has several great tools and tutorials well
worth the look! As for the TAX info- I find the NOLO "DEDUCT IT"
small business books are unfathomably worth the read!
-Be safe and be at peace in your space!
-SilverForge in Virginia