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Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, Brazing, & Heating

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

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

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Thursday, June 28, 7-10pm
This ticket grants access to the June 28th session of Oxy-acetylene Tool Training at Artisan's Asylum. It does not include a small materials fee.
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Event Details

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, brazing, and heating. It will NOT include in-depth process training.




A $15 materials fee will be required, payable to the instructor on the day of class. 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:

Ethan Labowitz

Ethan Labowitz has studied metalworking since 2005 in a variety of contexts, including precision machining, structural welding, blacksmithing, bicycle framebuilding, and museum modelmaking. Since 2010, he has taught metalworking to over 200 undergraduates, middle schoolers, and engineers. He has hands-on experience joining most metals by all major processes, including welding, brazing, and soldering, and holds national certifications in structural welding and brazing. Before founding the Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping (BICEP), he worked for several startups and small companies, in roles ranging from drafting to research & development to prototype fabrication.

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, June 28, 7PM-10PM

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


10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143


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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Tool Training: Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting, Brazing, & Heating
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