Friday, September 19, 2008

Welding Helmet "Art"

So I'm getting ready to take off for the weekend to a music festival up in Bloomfield Iowa... gonna camp out and all that jazz and play music til my fingers bleed. Anyway, I didn't want y'all to get hung here all weekend with nothing to read 'cept junk about my testicles... unless of course you like that sort of thing. By all means, read away and wince to your hearts content. :-)

So if you're a regular reader you know that our son is an independent welder. What that means is he works at oil refinery shutdowns for maintenance welding repairs and nuke plant shutdowns when they shut down a reactor to refuel, he does welding on things that.... need welded. Most jobs last from 4 weeks to 3 months and he spends most of his time on the road somewhere, from as far as you can go in all 4 directions in this country. He loves the work, he makes more money than I'll ever make and he's getting this all outta his system before he settles down. The weeks that he takes off from work, he lands here at home and that's cool. We hardly know he's here... 'cause usually he's gone being entertained at something. lol

Anyhow, these guys that do this for a living and wear a welding hood for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week take a lotta pride in their "hoods". The guys that do lots of close quarter welding get that burned up on the front side thing going on, kinda like a badge. Lotsa stickers telling where they've been, what jobs they've worked on and regular ol' smartass stickers. It really is kinda interesting looking at these guys helmets, shows a lot of their personality.

Here are 2 of Jake's hoods. These guys wouldn't dream of using an electronic self darkening helmet. Weld in on for 10 or more hours and you're gonna have a case of sore eyes... it's just the facts. Old school stuff.

The first one is his main helmet...

Click any of the pics for a larger view.

The second helmet is his backup and has a larger lens on it with a little more overhead protection.

Now see there? You didn't even know there was such a thing as welding helmet art did you? Eh, maybe "art" is too loose of a term.

And a picture of Stella, just 'cause she was sitting there looking cute and stuff.

Have a great weekend!



Jennifer and Sandi said...

What a small world this is!!! One of my sons is a welder too! Oil field equipment. Valves and such. His eyes are always bloodshot (aka burned up).

Have a great weekend......... sounds like a blast! Pick til your finners bleed! I need to pull my guitar out of the closet. I just may do that this weekend. It's been awhile.


Jennifer and Sandi said...

Ummm I just got here. I'll read all this with my coffee in the morning. Sandi..she's on top of things.. I was waxing my new truck. Time for Bed!!

- Jennifer

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Hark....Who goes there????

- Jennifer

Damn Ex-Sister-In-Law's

Jerry said...

That's very interesting. Never thought folks would "dress up" a welding helmet.

Stella looks like a sheep. LOL!! What a treasure!

Hope you had a great weekend (duh - of course you did.)

jmcmillan24 said...

just got out of the military an decided to go to welding school with my gi bill an im almost finished just wonderin how i can get into the refinery shutdown, would greatly appreciate any kind of help u can give to me.

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Peter said...
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Peter said...

Very cool helmet! I like that it tells a story of where your son has been for work.

- Peter Long

Eric Parker said...

Thanks for sharing with us the art of welding helmet, I myself like to use welding helmet stickers which looks pretty cool. I love it