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The nature of welding

HC Conservation class teaches welding and incorporates the wild

November 14, 2013
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Participants are putting the finishing touches on artwork they have been working on this week as part of a class hosted through Hamilton County Conservation.

The class, Introduction to Simple Metal Working for Garden Sculpture, is taught by Doug Abbott who grew up south of Webster City. He said he has always had a strong connection to the land here and enjoyed the chance to come back and not only teach students how to work with welders and plasma cutters, but also to reconnect with the wilderness.

"In this class, we're looking at ways in which we can draw inspiration from nature," Abbott said.

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From left, Yvonne McCormick, class instructor Doug Abbott and Brad Smith work on a piece for the Introduction to Simple Metal Working for Garden Sculpture class. The class is hosted through Hamilton County Conservation’s Legacy Learning program. Abbott said he hopes the class will be held again soon.

Abbott was taught how to weld in graduate school by his father, Duane, who taught industrial arts in Webster City. He said teaching others to weld is rewarding but difficult as it is a dangerous and intimidating medium for some to work with.

If interested in taking part in a future hosting of the class, contact Hamilton County Conservation at 832-9570.



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