Although most people think of welding as a way to build buildings and other shapes, there are many people who have chosen to use welding as an art form that is as creative as any inventor.
Generally speaking welding art comes in large pieces where people use scrap metal to form objects that they are interested in. As an example, one artist may use sculptures to create animals or other scenes in nature. Another may use welding to make a statement about something through their art.
One idea that is very popular is the making of sculpted iron gates that are uniquely ornamented. They are very large and can enhance either the entrance to an estate or the entrance to a particular garden or other area within an estate.
Another area where welding art is common and interesting is in the building of temporary stage structures for musical extravaganzas. As an example, one welding artist, Kenny Baird created this type of stage for Kenny Rogers. Baird is also a master welder.
Some of the welding art is experimental to see what types of metals can be welded together in an art form. An example of this is work by Wylie Mitchell of Texas, where he created a sculpture using copper, mild steel and stainless steel. This created an effect that looked weathered and interesting. The contrast in colors made this an attractive piece.
For some welders, traditional welding became too confining and they were bored with construction of buildings and wanted to do something more. They saw the potential to work with the metals to bring them into a fuller way of expression.
Welding art uses the same processes as other welding. Many artists are skilled in arc welding and others use plasma cutters to produce intricate patterns. Still others use lasers to produce certain forms of welding art. This type of art is only limited by the imagination.
Many artists specialize in certain things. Some will create sculptures, others altars and tables and some will concentrate on building large sculptures that sit in front of office buildings or in parks. It will depend on the artist’s tastes and interests as to what they decide to do.
Wall sculptures are very popular with welding because they can be decorative especially when other types of metals are welded to them or they can be shaped through hammering, cutting and shaping the metal into unique shapes.
Many welders who also do art specialize in repair work. They attempt to create that same effect as the original piece wherever possible. The materials used in welding art can be everything from iron to other forms of steel. This really depends on the artist and their preference and skill at using specific materials. Stone and bronze seem to also be popular materials for some welders who do art.
Many art welders use simple and inexpensive tools to get their artwork done. The same equipment that they would use for other welding projects are part of the art toolkit as well.