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Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, and Heating JANUARY

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, and...

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Oxy-acetylene rig


The oxy-acetylene (O/A) rig is arguably the most versatile, potentially dangerous, and misunderstood piece of equipment in any metal shop. Used properly, the O/A rig can allow you to:

  • Rapidly cut 3-inch-thick steel plate
  • Weld when the power is out, in pouring rain, while you're standing in a puddle of water
  • Heat a 1-inch steel bar until it's soft enough to bend with just a pair of pliers
  • Braze together a lightweight steel bike frame, or a cracked iron casting

This versatility helps explain why this 100-year-old technology can be found in automotive and metalworking shops around the world. Arc welding processes have several important advantages, but O/A equipment is often cheaper and always more versatile.

Class Goals:

This class will teach you how to set up, operate, and shut down an oxy-acetylene rig without harming yourself, other Asylumers, or the equipment. It will demonstrate welding, cutting, and heating. It will NOT include in-depth process training, and it will not cover brazing. (Brazing is covered in our Intro to Brazing class. For next session of Brazing, check out http://artisansasylum.com.)


Students must be at least 18 years old.


A $10 materials fee is included in the ticket price. The fee covers mild steel, cutting torch tips, filler rod, nickel silver brazing alloy, and paste brazing flux. Shade #5 goggles will be provided for each student.

Also a textbook (included): The Oxy Acetylene Handbook, provided by ESAB

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.

Event Time:

Thursday, January 23, 7-10PM.


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form. 

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, and Heating JANUARY? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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