Welding Workshops

We offer MIG and TIG welding mild steel workshops for beginners with no experience needed.

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Learn the basics of MIG or TIG welding

Learn the basics of MIG or TIG welding.

What is the difference? 

Think of MIG welding as the hot glue gun for metal as we can quickly join metals together. 

TIG welding is a slower, more skilled process resulting in more delicate welds.

How should you choose with no prior experience?

It depends on your personal further goals. MIG will give "quick and dirty" results, while TIG will lead you down the path of precision, craft, and zen (sorry, no yoga involved).

Both workshops start with safety/shop practices, including welding equipment and material processing for weldments. No previous experience in welding or metalworking is needed. You will learn the basics of MIG or TIG welding, which emphasize making structurally sound welds and understanding different weldment positions and joints. The small class size provides a unique welding opportunity, as it encourages group discussion and sharing the studio space to facilitate learning while providing individual training and attention. Practice material provided. All welding equipment and personal protective gear are provided, as well as disposable face masks. Please wear jeans and closed-toe shoes/boots.

This class is designed to provide you with a valuable new skillset to take to the job market or to help you brush up on your welding skills.

No certification provided

Workshops will be held at EA Craftworks

957 Leonard St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Mark Schentzel

Meet your instructor

Mark Schentzel is the co-owner of EA Craftworks. He brings 20+ years of welding and metal fabrication experience in the fields of industrial and structural metalwork, furniture-making, blacksmithing, and sculpture. He is an award-winning sculpture major from KCAD, and has exhibited work throughout the Midwest. Mark has also previously taught welding and fabrication for adults and has supervised metal fabrication studios. Mark’s passion for metalworking and welding can help you explore a new medium and increase your skill set for the job market.

answering your questions

Signups for our limited-space metalworking classes are all done online through our website.

At this time, availability is limited. If workshops are offered, they will be posted above.

These workshops do not come with any certificate of welding experience. These classes are designed to take you from never welding to creating good sound welds in different positions by the end of the workshop.