one of my dad's friends had a forney stick welder (probally 1940's to 50's) that was given to me, so i fixed it up and went to practicing on some scrap. my first project was a boat trailer for my jon boat and still remember building it as a summer project. all in all it was a good expirence, the first few welds looked like crap but held and the more i did i got alot better.
i then got a gas outfit and i still can't braze or weld worth a ****, but sure can cut with it! i have a lincoln weld pak 100 and use it hard, it's a good machine but it's time for an upgrade. i'm looking at getting a miller 180 or the 211 this summer and want to learn roll cage and chassis fab! a far cry from a boat trailer but it's been a fun learning expirience and wouldn't trade it for nothing. 13 years has gone by fast!