Kay Minto, Eagleville, CA

Kay Minto, my Mom, has been TIG welding for 28 years in a manner you've not likely to have been exposed to before: She welds rocks together!

As an internationally exhibited artist she is presented with multiple opportunities to encourage and educate our youth and introduce them to the joy of TIG welding with it's endless creative possibilities.

My 70-year-old mother speaks at museum and art shows. Our local schools give tours of her studio and sculpture park and she has been published in numerous books magazines and newspapers including two recent articles in "Practical Welding" and "The Fabricator." From life-sized creations to the smallest fine jewelry she discovered a process for joining lava rock and aluminum to fabricate some of the most amazing sculptures you'll ever have the pleasure of experiencing.

Kay creates her unique works of art utilizing a Miller Syncrowave 250, which features soft start. Soft start is a mandatory requirement for her precise and often delicate welds.

While attending Lassen College welding courses the end of semester performance objective was to weld two aluminum cans together. She pushed the parameters a bit and actually laid a bead on a single sheet of aluminum foil. The welding guild presented her with the First Ever Rock Welder Award.

I use a Millermatic 210 and Spectrum 875 plasma cutter for my fabricating purposes but whenever I need aluminum welded I take it to Mom. She is the local expert that a lot of folks around town count on. Art is her life as long as she's alive she's creating – she is my welding hero.