At first glance, comedian Jay Leno’s promotional plug for the American Welding Society seems like a mismatched endorsement. Until you remind yourself that all those antique auto parts piling up in his garage aren’t connected with Elmer’s Glue.
We stumbled across Leno’s kiss to vocational education when we chatted with Bill Malone, the Minnesota machinist who uses DraftSight’s professional-grade, free 2D CAD download to teach troubled teens about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
If one CAD drawing is worth 1,000 words, than this celebrity video is worth a million in the classroom:
P.J. Hicks used a torch all his life to make welding repairs. Now he fires up art.
Having spent most of his professional life at sea traveling the world, retired chief engineer P.J. Hicks has no hesitation diving into new passions.
Five years ago, during a fish scouting trip in Washington state’s salmon-rich Puget Sound, a buddy dragged him into an art glass shop to buy some supplies. “I saw this display cabinet with three dozen little glass fish. They were so entirely lifelike, it was unbelievable. I said to myself, ‘I gotta learn how to do that!’”
On a whim, Hicks blew $500 on a glassblowing torch and raw materials and went home to “fool around.” A career engine room maintenance chief for several American West Coast shipping companies, he was comfortable with a flame from his welding days. After tinkering with making glass beads for a few months, he took some classes, bought a bigger torch on eBay and began tackling bigger projects. Read More
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