Teachers | Chad Copeland
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Chad Copeland

5 | 90 reviews

Denver, CO

I was raised in Northwest Indiana where some of the most beautiful landscapes abruptly end at the fences of giant industrial complexes. Urban landscapes that once thrived are now in a tailspin of economic and environmental disaster. Having been raised in that area, it seemed normal for beautiful sandy beaches to be interrupted by hazardous area signs, and gorgeous sunsets to have a smoke stack in silhouette with them. These scenes of my youth have imbedded themselves in my subconscious and have led me down a unique path of artistic exploration. I find it fascinating to incorporate hard industrial elements in works that address nature, or the human presence and form. In some of my work I have even played with the conundrum I find myself in considering the use of electricity generated locally, that I then consume to create work that generally is addressing the negativity of the system. The thought complexity, and conviction I put into my work is all directly connected with a guilt I feel as a postindustrial human. My education started after enrolling at the American Academy of Art. This led me to my mentor and good friend Bobby Joe Scribner. A professor at the academy and a free-lance sculptor, Bobby Joe introduced me to the world of steel sculpture. It was the perfect medium for a young man like myself to use to express my complicated emotions surrounding Industry and Nature. Working with Bobby Joe turned into an Apprenticeship lasting nearly three years. Next I found myself working toward structural welding certificates. The last step in my undergraduate studies was returning to academia at Ball State University. This small State school in East Central Indiana boasts one of the finest sculpture/3D facilities in the Midwest. I spent two years in attendance here making some of the most powerful works of my career thus far, with a thesis containing all the research and evidence necessary to back up the series. I now find myself residing in Denver Colorado. Here I am assembling a shop and studio to continue my personal work as well as offer my fabrication services to the public via commissioned work as well as open studio space and classes to those interested in learning to do the work themselves.

Chad's Reviews

5 | 90 reviews
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    Luke P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    The class was great. The instructors were helpful, constructive, and passionate for the topic.

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    John L.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad and Jack were great. Very knowledgeable, patient, and friendly. Their shop is fully equipped with a wide array of tools that they helped us use and learn on. They just wanted to have fun and teach us about metal fabrication, as they are both very passionate about it. The class was also very laid back which allowed us to explore what we were specifically interested in.

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    Brian D.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad and Jack were great. We had a limited time together, but both worked to share as much knowledge and hands on time as they could. Cool little space and they encouraged further use of their shop and expertise for personal projects.

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    Othello G.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    I would definitely recommend this class for those who are looking for a quick and dirty run down of different ways to connect and cut metal.

    Chad and Jack did an excellent job of getting those of us with no welding experience caught up on the basics (the history, how the tools work, technique, etc) . I liked that the class covered several different types of welding, which helped me to better decide which type I want to start practicing with first! IF they decide to offer more classes I would certainly sign up.

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    Christi H.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Take this class before buying a welder. See what the difference is with hands on practice.

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    Mark S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    We had a great time at this class, and it far exceeded our expectations. Chad was very knowledgeable and his instruction was top notch. I highly recommend this class.

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    Patrick G.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Loved this class. Chad is an awesome hands on teacher and a great guy. I'd recommend this class to anyone thinking about welding or who just want the experience.. Chad knows his stuff and I left the class feeling satisfied and excited to learn more.

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    Bob S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Really enjoyed it. Would definitely do again.

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    Justin K.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Played with a ton of equipment and gained some great knowledge about metal fab.

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    Jack P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad is super enthusiastic and an excellent teacher. He really knows his subject, and is able to tailor the student experience so that you are able to get what you want out of it.

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    Ryan C.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    This was a great class for novices and for people who are looking to add to their knowledge. Chad was an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to take a welding and metal fabrication class.

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    Britni S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great introduction into the world of welding. Chad is very knowledgable and is experienced in a wide array of welding projects so there's nothing he can't teach you about welding. Anyone interested in learning about welding, regardless of the skill level, should sign up for this class-the instructor is good to communicate and guide students to learn proper welding techniques.

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    Diane L.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Basic Welding was awesome!!! The instructor was informative and helpful. He did a great job teaching me about the different equipment and safety issues. The plasma cutter was my favorite. Created a fish to hang on the wall. Have already signed up for another class.

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    Jennifer D.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Jack was a perfect instructor. He makes welding super non-intimidating for beginners. Thoroughly enjoyed learning about the craft and trying out the tools. I plan to head back to complete a larger project soon. Highly recommend to anyone interested in welding!!

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    Josh O.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was great. Good introductory class. Right amount of info. Chad was very encouraging and provided lots of hands on time.

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    Kipper A.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class, great guy. Would recommend to anyone for a girls night out.

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    Nicholas D.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class. Very good introduction to the different methods of welding. Hands on experience as well. Highly recommend.

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    Matthew S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    awesome class! having two teachers allowed the class to split and focus on different areas of interest to the students, and allowed more hands-on time per student. can't give this class enough thumbs-up! thank you Chad and Jack.

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    Nick S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class taught by some solid guys. They walked us through the basics and helped me put together a gameplan for my project. I'm sure they saved me a grip of money by leading me down the correct path. A real value here!

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    Matthew B.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Wanted to learn a new skill/ hobby to make me more handy around the house we're buying/ and to build accessories for my Jeep.

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    Sarah H.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class! Instructions said to bring eye and ear protection, but we did not need it, as welding helmets were provided. Class was very thorough and a great introduction to welding. Also great to know the class space is open to the public and I can return any time to use the equipment to work on my own projects.

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    S T.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Fabulous class with wonderful instructors. I'm a jeweler and have been interested in doing sculpture. This is a wonderful launch into the world of steel and welding!

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    Leanne S.
    Valentine's Day Metal Working: Fuse Your Love as Strong as Steel!

    My husband and I had a fantastic time. Our instructor Chad Copeland and the other guy were helpful, knowledgeable and fun. They gave the right amount of instruction and information and really let us create and use all the tools. The had enthusiasm for what they do and it shows. I would love to take another class from these two.

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    Denise K.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Felt a tad intimidated at first, but once the instructors started talking about safety it was obvious they were going to great. They both did a great job explaining all things welding and were very helpful during our practice sessions using a MIG welder. I came home with a necklace holder I made from scraps around the shop with some help from Chad. I am so proud of myself! I was taking the class as it was something I always wanted to try and I loved it. My neighbors and friends are now calling me "Flashdance" Ha! Thanks guys!

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    Anne K.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    This is a great class! Chad does a wonderful job of explaining the various welding techniques and the details behind how it all works. The hands on is well done and there was plenty of time to create things from his scrap pile. I highly recommend this class and Chad for any work you might want done by him or in collaboration.

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    Lori T.
    Mother’s Day Welding

    Best Mother's Day ever... my son and I got to try a new skill with a knowledgeable instructor - was well worth the price. Had a ton of fun!

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    Rhonda R.
    Mother’s Day Welding

    Chad was fantastic! Presented very open and friendly atmosphere. Good safety presentation. Looking forward to more classes!

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    Peter G.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    The class left me really wanted to weld more. Just need to think of a project to get me back in the shop!

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    Kirk L.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Very informative class. The instructor was very knowledgeable, and did a great job of making the material fun and interesting.

    If you are interested in learning about welding, this is a great place to start.

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    Luis D.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class, I really enjoyed the interaction with Chad and how he explained the process for welding. Thank you.

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    Josh R.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    I was looking for a basic intro to welding so I could get some direction and safety basics as a hobbyist. Chad really knows his trade and is a great teacher. Awesome class.

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    Michael C.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class. Instructor is knowledgeable and presented the information in an easily understandable manner. The opportunity to practice under his guidance was exceptional. I look forward to taking more of his classes.

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    Brittany C.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    I've been wanting to learn more and experience welding for some time now and this was simply perfect. I learned a TON and got to do my first weld! Chad's a great teacher. Highly recommended!

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    Mark S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad is awesome! He provided a safe environment and provided great instruction!

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    Mike S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class! Chad is a great teacher and very knowledgeable!

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    Victoria I.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Really enjoyed this class! Chris made the class easily understandable and gave the information in a way that was both interesting and not intimidating. Look forward to taking more classes with him.

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    Jose C.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class. The instructor was knowledgeable, professional and very personable. It was a small class so each of us had 1-on-1 instruction. We started out with a safety briefing (presented well with some critical information) then moved onto some welding demonstrations and finally onto our being able to do some welding on our own. Fun stuff in a funky cool location.

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    Joseph W.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Once you walk into the shop and see it, you can already feel that the class will be a great experience--and it was! It started with the history and science of welding so we would know when, how, and why. Each type of welding has a historical and practical application. The context of the process and tools made it easier for me to relate to the practical instructions. Chad did an excellent job of teaching the group of us how to MIG weld. Nobody in the group felt unsafe or exited the class without welding something. Prior to the class I did not know anything and now I am excited to start practicing.

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    Todd P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was an excellent instructor, and very knowledgable. Laid back class, and having never welded before, it was helpful to watch others and get some hands on experience. Great intro, and will be back for more.

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    Naomi D.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    This class was awesome! Chad really knows his stuff and is super passionate about welding. I appreciated all the knowledge he shared with the class; from history of welding to how to get started in your in own home. I'll definitely be back for more is his class. Thanks again Chad!

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    Rand P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was great. The class was very comfortable and laid back, plenty of instruction and explanation well balanced with hands on time and tips provided by Chad and his apprentice.

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    Karen E.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was able to awaken my inner welder and can't wait to start making more projects.

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    Rand P.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    This is the second class I have taken with Chad and was another great afternoon. Chad does a great job of creating a relaxed atmosphere where people are comfortable asking questions and interacting with the other people in the class. I look forward to taking more classes here in the future!

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    Sherri P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class and great instructor. Funny and informative. He really knows his craft.

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    Amie H.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    I had a great time at the class I was a little nervous because I was the only girl but the instructor made me feel comfortable and was very helpful when I had questions

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    Larry M.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    I enjoyed this class. It is a good intro to blacksmithing. The instructor is a good guy, very peasant and helpful. I would definitely like to take another class.

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    Megan K.
    Welded Steel Christmas Ornaments! UHHH, We Call that Awesomeness...

    This class was an absolute blast. We couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Chad is incredibly knowledgeable, but also very patient, easygoing, and has a great sense of humor. He seems to really enjoy teaching and sharing his studio with his students. I was pretty nervous going into the class (I don't have much experience working with any tools more complex than a hammer), but Chad took the time to explain how everything worked and put me at ease. Everyone in the class seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience and we all made some awesome ornaments! I'll definitely be back for more classes at C-Squared Studios.

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    Rand P.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    Great class! Plenty of time on the welder, lots of freedom in what i did and Chad was there to help answer questions or show techniques specific to what i wanted to learn.

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    Whispered G.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    I would recommend this, once taken the basics class. Some of the students brought their projects and Chad guided them from start to finish. Chad will let you use most of his tools and toys inside his shop. I liked this better than the basics because I got way more time on the MIG welder, and practiced with several techniques and angles and steel thickness. I made mistakes and learned how to fix them. Happy welding!

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    Ellyn A.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class! Chad really knows his stuff. He has a natural teaching style that puts you immediately at ease and allows one to grap the concepts being taught. Really enjoyed the class. Best of all I felt very confident I could master the basics of welding when I left class. Thank you Chad!

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    Julianna B.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    At first you may be excited about blacksmithing, and then you might feel intimidated. Don't worry. Chad has your back. Not only does he go over safety, but he gives a brief history of the craft and explains some of the geeky details. The project will give you a few techniques to practice and send you home with a useful item. (We made bottle openers in the class I took). This class is a good ol' hammer swingin' time.

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    Dale A.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    I really enjoyed learning the history and basics of welding with Chad. Hands on practice and coaching on technique was very helpful. Chad's tips for how and where to tack joints together to keep them square was important. Highly recommend!

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    Stephanie C.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    It's no surprise Chad is one of the highest rated Dabble instructors- his class was so great! His love of the process is infectious & his work is inspiring. Already signed up for his next class!!

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    Jon L.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad is a terrific teacher with a ton of experience. Being able to jump right in and get hands on experience is the best way to learn, and we were able to do just that. We also got to hear from a teacher that lives and breathes the trade daily. Thanks!

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    Nathaniel R.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was a great teacher. Great explanation of welding basics, plenty of time on the welder and great feedback and encouragement. Want to the advanced class once I come up with a project idea.

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    Alex O.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    He was very knowledgeable and we were able to leave with proof of our experience. Really enjoyed learning about blacksmithing.

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    Phil M.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    This class was perfect. I do have experience in blacksmithing, so I took this a a refresher course. Chad was amazing. Knowledgeable about the history, and techniques. If you are interested, but, apprehensive this is the class for you. Chad is patient, and adjusts to your level of comfort. No one is left out, and encouragement abundant. Rare to see a teacher adapt to so many people, and every question was answered. I cannot say enough about this class. Chad and his crew are the most approachable and easy to talk to as well. Great class, will learn more, from Chad.

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    Margaret K.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Fun! I'm hooked. I'll be back.

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    Janette E.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great class, Chad dove right in and was very helpful in instructing and gave great direction. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who's interested in welding.

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    Chris P.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Awesome fun beginner experience with welding. Good explanations for the technique, settings, sounds, and helpful hints for welding in different situations. Getting the chance to do some hands on welding plus getting to watch others provided a good way to see and understand the basics of mig welding.

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    Nancy W.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    A friend and I took this class last night with Chad and both of us had a great experience. Chad is a skilled teacher, patient with student questions, and was able to structure his approach to a range of student backgrounds and skill levels. Most importantly for us was that he was able to take the scary looking process of welding and reassure us that we could learn to weld safely and competently.

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    Ellyn A.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Great teacher. Truly knows how to teach. Engages the student from the very start with both knowledge and talent regarding the subject. Students walk away with a completed project and an "I can do this" experience.

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    Josh L.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Great class, Chad was very easy to understand and we took home some cool skills.

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    Jason A.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great metal shop overview class: some welding history and methods before a safety briefing and then hands on learning with the MIG welder. Chad spent time working individually with each person. He is a very patient and skilled instructor. After class, he spent extra time with my 15 year old to do some additional work, adding finishing touches. Wonderful experience, signed up for the advanced class immediately.

    Highly recommended for anyone new to or interested in welding. All the specialized safety equipment is provided, but read and obey the dress code. And if you have small hands, I suggest bringing a pair of sturdy leather gloves that fit well.

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    Jennifer L.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Chad is awesome. Super knowledgable, easy to understand, and helpful without being overbearing or making you feel stupid. =) The item everyone made was a letter opener, but since my husband was also in the class, Chad let me make a planter hanger. I highly recommend the blacksmithing class or anything else he teaches.

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    Linda S.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad was an excellent instructor. Great at explaining the welding processes and safety. We all got a chance to make welds and even had time to make a small project. Class size was excellent to get one on one instruction. Will surely sign up for next class.

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    Ralph P.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    Great follow up to the beginning class. I was able to complete my project within the class time. the instructor was there to answer questions and made some great suggestions, but let us work at our own pace.

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    Janet F.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    I have never welded prior to this class. The instructor, Chad gave an overview of welding and safety, then showed the class how to make a head of welding. Each student took a turn emulating the weld bead until they got the hang of it. Chad clearly enjoys sharing his craft and is able to make it so it is not too intimidating. We were able to create a small project by the end of the class. Great class!

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    Janet F.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    Enjoyed first class so much signed up for the Advanced class right away. Enjoyed this class just as much as the first and was able to complete another project. Chad is very patient and encouraging when giving instruction, a natural teacher.

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    Rene H.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    My friend and I have taken both Chad's beginning and advanced Welding Techniques. We had a fantastic experience and are now completely comfortable running our machine on our own. Chad is a great instructor. He is patient and fun. I will be going back to take more classes from him in the future. I highly recommend him!

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    Rene H.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great introductory class! Definitely recommend it to others.

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    Steve M.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    Great class. No nonsense after safety briefing. Did a lot of work on my project, grinding welds, polishing, etc. Instructor was knowledgeable and available. I will go back again!

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    Jason A.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    This class provides full access to the C-Squared metal shop: a quick safety briefing and MIG welder example, then start your project. Chad spent time checking in with each person, cutting metal and providing expert advice on metal fabrication. Great shop, great guy. Highly recommended if you have a project that requires equipment you don't own.

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    Rene H.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Chad is an engaging and knowledgeable instructor. He encourages students to try everything themselves, but is also close by with help should it be required. I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken from Chad and would recommend him to anyone!

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    James M.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    The class was helpful. We got what we need out of it. Thanks for the great time.

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    Heidi H.
    Advanced Welding Techniques

    Great experience! Highly recommended. Fun class

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    Heidi H.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Great experience! Highly recommended.

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    Michael L.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Excellent beginners class. Chad is friendly and helpful. If interested in blacksmithing highly recommend this class.

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    Valerie M.
    Mother’s Day Welding

    I've always wanted to try welding. This class was a great experience and perfect way to spend the Mother's Day afternoon with my son!

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    Tommy C.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    The class was fun, pretty to the point. A quick review on the equipment and then straight to blacksmithing. Great time with my dad on his B-day.

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    Renae P.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    The class was relaxed and a lot of fun. Chad first demonstrated what we would be doing. Then when it was your turn at the anvil, he was good about jumping in to help if you needed it or hanging back and letting you have at it if that was more your style. Each person individually makes their own item so you do spend a lot of time watching and chatting with others in the class. We had a great group so the time went by quickly and Chad did a great job of encouraging conversation and making everyone feel welcome. I also never felt rushed to finish up, even though we went over the designated end time, nobody was pressured to speed up. The last person got as much time as the first. Blacksmithing is probably not a hobby I would pursue but twisting and pounding steel was a great experience and something I'm definitely glad I tried.

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    Madi B.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    Took this class for my husbands birthday and it was a hoot! The instructor was knowledgeable on the subject of blacksmithing and allowed us to be creative. It's a fun and relaxed environment which was great after a long day of work.

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    Todd M.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    This class was well worth taking; Chad was very informative both verbally and hands on. He packed about as much as one could in the time allotted. Would definitely recommend.

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    Lana G.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Chad made the welding process interesting and approachable. He was laid-back but obviously extremely knowledgeable, and it was great to get some hands-on practice in a safe and non-intimidating setting. I'd recommend this class to anyone who's even a little curious.

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    Julia B.
    Beginner Blacksmithing

    My son loved it! He's been watching all these YouTube videos and this was his great chance to see it all live. Chad was super patient and great teacher.

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    Bob N.
    Basic Welding and Metal Fabrication

    Really enjoyed the class and picked up a bunch of great info. Chad made the class fun, informative and very useful. Highly recommend to anyone with little to no welding experience. Also probably very useful for anyone with a welding project in mind as Chad is very willing to help (and totally cool about managing the $$ outlay.)

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