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March 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

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Sparking interest in welding


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Add Gritman, of Mountlake Terrace, tries his hand at the Welding 101 class at All Metal Arts in the 7 Point Studios building on Dearborn Street in Seattle.

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VIDEO BY BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rusty Oliver teaches his Welding 101 class at All Metal Arts in the 7 Point Studios building on Dearborn Street in Seattle Monday, March 17, 2014. "In the three years I've been doing this, I've handed out one Band-Aid," said Oliver, who has many different types of classes friendly to beginners and enthusiasts. Welding 101 introduces novices to MIG, and TIG welding equipment, and allows beginners to practice on scrap metal. Oliver says that getting into metalworking changes one's perspective that things in life are disposable. "If you have something that's made out of steel, you can repair it or fix it indefinitely. So, it gives you a much more intimate relationship with the things in your life." For more information, check out allmetalarts.org.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Rusty Oliver puts a Frankenstein-like piece of scrap metal out for practice during his Welding 101 class at All Metal Arts in the 7 Point Studios building on Dearborn Street in Seattle Monday, March 17, 2014.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Add Gritman, of Mountlake Terrace, tries his hand at the Welding 101 class at All Metal Arts in the 7 Point Studios building on Dearborn Street in Seattle.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A steel T-Rex keeps watch over the coffeepot at All Metal Arts in the 7 Point Studios building on Dearborn Street in Seattle Monday March 17, 2014. One of the classes they teach is "Sculpt-a-saur" where participants learn MIG welding by piecing together pre-cut pieces to build dinosaurs.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Everyone's first instinct is to over-weld," said Rusty Oliver as he passed around this buck sculpture he made as a gift. The pieces were loose to begin with, but with a few small spots welded, it became solid.

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