WELDERS GALLERY
by
REX PASSION
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ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 3

What first attracted me to this welder was not the light from his arc, but the high-pitched sputtering hiss coming from his workroom.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 6

He was working on a broken boom from one of the offshore oil vessels docked near the shop on Water St.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 9

The hissing sound resulted from using a plasma arc to cut away the ragged edges of the broken boom
before welding on new parts.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 16

Like writing computer code or writing a novel,
welding is a solitary endeavor.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 13

A welder spends a good part of his day living in a world about half an inch in diameter.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 12

His entire focus is on his bead at the tip of his welding rod. What is happening there annihilates the rest of the world.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 11

All relationships, all fears and worries, all hatreds disappear because he has to get the bead right.
Nothing else matters for a wonderful five hours a day.

ST. JOHN'S WELDERS # 7

But every so often the welder has to step back and
look at his work. That is when he emerges from behind his helmet and becomes a person.

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