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The Scorpion

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Look mom – no hands!

Welded metal art – 2019-7 Project #23. Here we go – using the new tools and TIG welder in synchrony to develop a new project. It was very nice, albeit a bit strange, to have the freedom of both hands to work on a project. I just needed to recondition my body to a new way of thinking and working. Too often I would want to revert back to the old way (my hand clamp) just because that is how I had ‘always done it’. In those moments I would catch a peripheral view of a strange blue thing mounted to the edge of my welding table. Of course in that moment I would recall – oh, that’s my mobile vice … how about using it instead of keeping it in view as a table decoration! Although I will say that beyond its mechanical usefulness in welding, it was a visually pleasing addition to the shop. So as you can see, I did use it. And what a difference it made in working on the welding aspects of the Scorpion.

The motivation for this piece came from internet searches. I found many variations online so I decided put my own spin on it. I used good ole’ used up 219 kart chain to form the body and tail. The newly added mobile vice worked wonderfully to manage and hold the chain as I welded it into shape. Cap screws were welded together in 2 parts for each leg. And if you’re wondering if it has the appropriate number of legs, yes, I looked it up! It is an arachnid (8 legs – and no the pinchers don’t count). The eyes were made from good ole’ 35 kart chain welded above the pinchers. And the pinchers were 2 similar sized wrench ends scavenged from an old welding practice project. The stinger was added (how could it be a scorpion without a stinger?!) in the form of a bolt in the spare parts bin, ground to a point … for emphasis!

The project came together rather nicely, and burn free! A nice byproduct of the newly available support tools – and preserving the feeling of touch in my fingers (what a wonderful love language – I digress, but look it up). Learning new tools requires a little (OK, a lot at first) mental reconditioning. Just because that is what one becomes used to one way of operating (which your mind may indicate is a much easier way – mister caveman) doesn’t mean that the new way isn’t better – just ask my fingers! Live in the present and look towards an excellent future, because this is going to get really good. AND of course, weld on!