Intro to Welding

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Equipment galore, large workspaces, safety hazards and a high degree of knowledge. Welding is a commitment not for the faint of heart. Going full-bore into the domain of goggles and sparks requires some serious consideration.

Dabblers will be exposed to the seemingly complicated, intense process is demystified in this class. Find out if you want to go further in learning the wide-ranging craft – from sculpture to furniture to fixing your car.

This class is designed to give participants a better understanding of welding, specifically metal inert gas welding. The class will be lecture style with demonstration and finish with a Q&A session.

Student Reviews

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    Adomas T.
    Intro to Welding

    Very good intro. Gives you an overall view and a bit of hands on experience. Personable guy.

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    Nancy M.
    Intro to Welding

    Nice quick intro to welding.

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    Diana K.
    Intro to Welding

    This class was great. Stephen is a great instructor. It's obvious he knows his stuff, and he did a great job engaging and supporting everyone in the class. I can't wait to take another class with him!

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    Barmey U.
    Intro to Welding

    This class was great. Stephen is a great teacher, a true artist, and just a great and kind guy. The class was casual, comfortable, and well organized. It was a great intro into welding.

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    Alison S.
    Intro to Welding

    Intro to welding was a good way to get an overview of the basic concepts of welding and try pulling a bead for my first time. Thoroughly enjoyed the hour class and am interested in exploring the topic further.

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    Dabble Student
    Intro to Welding

    For an intro class, Stephen broke down the basics into terms that were very easy to comprehend. He was also very engaging, knowledgable and encouraging.

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    Dabble Student
    Intro to Welding

    Stephen was very laid back down to earth and took time to listen to everyone and answer everyone's questions.. you can really tell he loves what he does and is excited to share that passion and knowledge with others.. I will definitely be taking more class from him.

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Stephen Christena

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Originally from Flint, Michigan, Stephen Christena moved to Chicago in 1998 after graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in art. During his time at WMU, his primary focus was directed toward metal sculpture, photography and painting. He opened his first custom metal sculpture studio in August of 1998. Armed only with a small portable MIG welder and an oxy-acetylene torch, he created high end furniture for some of the most well known designers and architects in Chicago. Custom metal banisters, fixtures, furniture and coffee tables would later become his trademark. Stephen has worked for several fabrication and sculpture companies across Chicago, including some of the top names in architecture and furniture. After attaining a much needed industrial space, he began pursuit of his second passion ... teaching his craft to anyone interested in learning about it.