My first job - I am on the left
1969-- Farm boy meets
city girl. Followed by marriage and 3 sons. Pursued a job in blacksmithing,
welding/machine shop. There I honed my skills. Photo was taken in 1970. I'm
the younger one.
As time passed I moved on to new locations and jobs to broaden my horizons,
my trade, and my skills. I've worked as a pipefitter, electrician, mechanic,
sheet-metal/mechanic, and in industrial maintenance, just to name a few.
My main interest always remained machine work and blacksmithing. I've acquired
tools and equipment over the years, and now have a complete machine and
blacksmith shop. Nothing pretty, or fancy, but we can get the job done. All
of my sons worked with me while they were growing up. My youngest, Jared,
is working with me now, part-time, helping me make the burners.
I'm a stickler for details. My philosophy has always been to do it right
the 1st time. I believe in + or - zero tolerances, and then there is little
error in the final product.
The burner designs resulted from my desire to build a naturally
aspirated gas forge. I read and studied the available material on the subject
and it led me to Ron Reil. Through this association I became acquainted with
Michael Porter. After sharing our ideas on building burners, the Hybrid Burners
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