How to Become a Master Fabricator

Becoming a better welder

In the Weldshop with Joe WelderOne of the core values of is to focus on Continuous Improvement, a concept I first learned about when I worked for Weldcraft and had the opportunity to take business courses from W. Edwards Deming. If you’re not familiar with Deming, he is the expert in quality control who was instrumental in reviving Japanese manufacturing after World War II and developing the Total Quality Management movement.  I was even fortunate to meet him personally.

Find Ron Covell's DVDs on how to TIG Weld at

I try to apply this ideal of continuous improvement in all aspects of my life and I’m always open to learning new things.  So when the opportunity to take a workshop with master fabricator Ron Covell came along, I jumped on it!

The workshop took place at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, a So Cal hot rod shop in Escondido, California not too far from the headquarters.  They were working on a project dubbed “Mercedes-Bent,” a mashup between a classic 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL roadster and a 2004 Mercedes SL600. The result was showcased at SEMA, and you can check out the pictures here:

Ron is one of the best in the custom automotive industry with expertise in everything from TIG Welding to hammerforming.  He’s worked on some of most bitchin’ hot rods and dragsters, and writes a regular column for Street Rodder magazine.  Needless to say, I picked up quite a few tips for myself.

Now if you can’t get to a Covell workshop, you can learn a lot with his DVDs-they’re some of the best in the industry, and carries them in our store.  We’ve also just added Covell’s newest DVD, Advanced TIG Welding.  I found it has a lot of great information even if you consider yourself an expert in your own right.

Don’t forget,’s warehouse is stocked with the biggest selection of TIG Torch packages and replacement parts from two of the industry leading torch manufacturers:  Weldcraft and CK Worldwide. We also offer an amazing array of tungsten electrode grinders, replacement grinding wheels, and tungsten electrodes–from premium quality tungsten like ArcTime brand Hybrid to made in the USA GTP-Sylvania.

We’re always interested in learning new things, and this year we’ll be profiling more customers on our industry-leading blogs-it’d be awesome if you would share your story, or your best welding tips with us.  And as always, let us know if there’s something you need and don’t find in our webstore. Our top priority is to make sure you get the best product, service and solutions to Weld Like A PRO!
Best Regards,

Jim Watson, Founder & CEO, Inc.

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Wheels for Tungsten Grinders
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