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i am a custom projects fabricator and mechanical design engineer from south west Iowa. my own small shop ( GearBolt Technologies Inc. ) has been involved in a lot of large projects and i have built so many things that i know i can do it. our current large project is designing a new line of aluminum amphibious vehicles for an oil company and retail market. Words from a local builder. "Beauty is a summation of the parts working together in such a way that nothing needs to be added, taken away or altered — ' Elio Carletti '" One of my truest passions in life has been the simple act of creating “things”. Growing up here in Red Oak, my inherited medium was dirty black steel. Having the personal ability to yield and shape it has stemmed from years of experience and learning the tools and processes used to manipulate it. It’s not magic it’s just a combination of natural propensity experiences with building; the repetitious batch work of the same parts in production runs of 1, 5, 50, 150, 650, 4,000 and so on, parts and assemblies for various companies, products, repairing objects used by others; to creating something entirely new from ideas in my own mind. One of a kind objects that were once hidden in the muted steel sheets and shapes that didn't yet know what it would be that you more than likely drive past every day and never knew who or how we made them, they all started with daydreaming of all these shapes, objects and ideas and how they fit together, at times its simply beauty over form, but to me it’s always function and strength before the beauty. When inspiration strikes, I translate the ideas onto whatever is available around me: napkins, envelopes, receipts, and the backs of my hand anything will do. Then I take my ideas to my computers where I design and engineer them using a fleet of specialized programs in the way I was envisioning. From there it starts to develop with vectors and dimensions, taking form down to the final nuts, gears and bolts. I tend to keep my eye out for art work, and various products that I come across, and adapt their ideas. Through this eclectic inspiration I add my own style of fabrication to create something entirely new. Steel fabrication and the process of welding has been one way for me to relax and at times have fun. When I flip my hood down and start that arc, I am in my own world. I flash into a different zone far from the distractions, stress and busy-work of my everyday life. I am mesmerized and focused by the light, the extreme heat, and the power to transform and build with a sold material that only extreme heat or a great, force of pressure can destroy or shape. Being at my workbench, or laying under something broken, I am able to think about what is important in life. I can play the scenes from my life in my mind and puzzle my way through the memories of how it has changed and happened. I try to find solutions for some of the things that may be bothering me in my life and think of the few things I truly love. For me, welding, "playing with these arcs of lighting to control the extremely intense heat of the fires of hell being pushed around with my hands, (3,000 to 43,000 °C)" is to me symbolic of a human drive to change things in a permanent way; to use my hands, tools and skills to create new treasures, useful structures, a one of a kind gift for a friend or lover that will I hope make them happy and create something that can last the tests of time. "David was sculpted out of a “ruined” block of marble rejected by all of his contemporaries. Michelangelo said that he looked inside the stone to find the image he was seeking to create. He then needed only to chip away at what was not the image to reveal the masterpiece.-" I build objects, something from nothing, hidden in raw steel. Often these creations come from parts that others decided where scrap. I am not, nor do I claim to be, the greatest Fabricator, but I see in my mind what needs to be made. I get things made as best as I can from the ideas that take shape in my mind. The ideas take root and grow into trees that others can see and share for generations to come. When I do not know how to do something, I experiment and I ask others for ideas. One of my greatest pleasures is learning from others who are willing to take time to teach me, talk me through techniques and ideas, and make me better at what I love to do. I personally do not like the term welder, because it simplifies what we do down too much and defines us by the tools we use and pays no homage to the craftsmen we are. I prefer the title of being a Fabricator, because we utilize the tools to create things. We form and shape with many different processes and tools. You have to give credit to each of the tools, however I just hope in the end people won't give me all the credit, but instead see a part that I shaped from the raw materials. If I can build something that will last long after I have gone, I believe that is what history remembers, but most people ignore. I hope those that I love see what I have made as a part of who I am. I hope that those who have brought me brokenness, respect my efforts to make whole again. And I hope that the steel that I have shaped somehow can be used as a vehicle for ideas and carry on the ability to change and create a better world in future generations. “I am not a perfect man, but I try to do something I can do. I just hope that it was good enough to last.”


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GearBolt Technologies Inc Owner / Fabricator / Design Engineer July 2005 -



robotics 2003 - 2005

life when?, building.



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