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The Old Welder Comics shop tips safety and shop stories by Frank Tabor - TV Fables. . . What chills your puddle more than. . .
TV Fables. . . What chills your puddle more than. . .

. . .a would be blacksmith love tapping hot iron and then dunking it in cold water?

. . .OR a would be welder wearing an arc helmet for an eye sheild when he cranks up his acetylene cutting torch?



While I've never seen a welder with the torch and helmet in real life, it's common stupidity seen regularly on television.

"Chills your puddle?"

- guru


Jim Gerlinsky says,
I get a chuckle out of the wannabe smith dipping hot iron in water. Once upon a time when I was demoing, Some older gentleman said they used to call those guys "kushmachers".

In German "kushmachers" = kush (the sound) maker.
From Frank Turley,
kushmachers : I met an old, retired swabby who told about a sailor who had a bucket patch within his petty officer stripes. Nobody on board the ship tender ever saw him do anything. The higher ups were becoming suspicious. Finally, he was approached and asked what his job was. "Well, I have a Kush Makers Rating." When pressed to explain, he told them to follow him to the shop where he heated a piece of iron red hot. He put it in the slack water, and it went "kush!"

Comic of the day! Don't miss it!

One welder lauging at another with a long loop piece of welding wire.
"YOU HAVE TO CUT IT INTO SHORT LENGTHS, DUMMY!"



This comic is quite dated and some may not understand the humor. Most welders today never arc welded with bare wire and would not recognize it in rolls. But "The Old Welder" turned 90 in 2009 and remembers a lot of things most of us never heard of.

Besides the bare rod the old motor generator DC welder appears to be a WWII SAE welder. I had to rewire one of these from 480 to 240 volts once. While these were a VERY standard welder they did not come with marked terminals, wire pairs or voltage change instructions. It took a good bit of electrical detective work to figure it out. The "Old Welder" man be old but much of the equipment he cut his teeth on is still in operation.

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