Aaron Rice

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Aaron is a Pacific Northwest native. He worked in landscaping from a young age which eventually led him to start his own small-scale business. He then turned his attention to welding. He has worked as a welder and fitter on Portland and Tacoma waterfronts building railcars, bridges, and marine structures. Bringing together the theoretical aspects of fabrication with the nitty-gritty is something he's enthusiastic about. In his free time, he enjoys coffee, playing guitar, and playing cribbage with his wife. He is currently a graduate student in Boston, Massachusetts.

60 Art Welding Projects to Try Today (With Videos)

close up welded sculpture in the park

If you’ve been welding for a while, perhaps in the field for functional purposes, you might be a little hesitant to try your hand at something a little less functional. If you are feeling bold and dangerous (you will have to deviate from code), you can make some awesome creations from plain old scrap lying […]

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Welding for Beginners: 20 Tips & Tricks to Get You Started

newbie welder working on argon-arc welding

Welding can be intimidating at first, but if you’re reading this, chances are you are feeling at least a little bit courageous. Here you will find some helpful tips, tricks, and things to keep in mind when starting your welding journey. Even if you’ve been welding for a while already, you might learn a few […]

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FCAW vs MIG Welding: Differences & When to Use Them


Aside from automated welding processes, FCAW (flux-cored arc welding) and MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding are the two most efficient welding processes out there. Both machines have a welding gun that strikes an arc with the pull of a trigger, feeds the filler metal from a roll of wire, and has adjustable parameters on the […]

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Porosity in Welding: What it Is, Causes & Remedies

welding seam

You’ve got your hood down. You’re welding a groove weld nice and smooth. Everything is looking consistent. You’re in the zone. Then the weld puddle starts sputtering a little bit. You think, “It’s just some extra mill scale burning off of the edge of the plate. No big deal, right?” You continue welding. Then you […]

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How Long Are Welding Certifications Good For? (2024 Guide)

Metalwork student training in workshop girl

The American Welding Society (AWS) is the largest welder certification agency in the United States. They issue certifications for welders, inspectors, and instructors. Even though many cities and municipalities issue their own certifications for welders, the AWS is the most universal standard. If you are a certified welder and did your test at an AWS […]

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What is Cad Welding, and How Does It Work?


Cadweld is a brand name for the exothermic welding process. This is a process most often used to form strong bonds where arc welding would induce too much heat into the joint. Exothermic welding is often hidden from sight, since one of the most common applications is the joining of large cables, such as copper […]

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