Learning to weld is easy, fun and quick!

Everyone had a blast last night with this awesome group of people. that were eager to learn to weld. It had been a long day beforehand but I am always super-psyched to teach people how to make a cube. The great thing about making the steel cube is 

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Super Group Effort!

We had a blast welding cubes and grinding metal last Thursday! Thanks Rob for bringing out the crew from APPNEXUS! 

Where can I learn to weld in New York City?

Where do you go to learn how to weld in Brooklyn, New York? What is the best way to pick up the skills you need to be able to fabricate your greatest ides in metal? Do you want to work with steel, brass, stainless steel or maybe even aluminum? Learn from New York City's best welding instructors in the five boroughs. With more than 20 years experience in the custom architectural field, Scott Behr, the founder of Total Metal Resource, inc has created Metal Shop Fantasy Camp. Short intensive classes teach you exactly what you need to know to unleash your creativity through working with metal.

Students that have never even used a power too in their life, both women and men have successfully completed making a steel cube from 1"x1" tubing in four hours. Your experience level doesn't matter as the tricks of the trade are revealed. Students who complete the "How to Make a Cube" class are then eligible to use the shop for their own personal projects in our exclusive four hour studio time blocks. Change up your work week or weekend and get going on the welding project you have always dreamed of building in our fun, open shop environment.

Students participating in the "How to Make a Cube" class.

Students participating in the "How to Make a Cube" class.

Over 70 people have taken our introduction to welding class and have been blown away by what they were able to absorb and accomplish in such a short time. You have always wanted to work with metal and the convenient location off of the L train in East Williamsburg is a unique opportunity to try your hands at something new. You will get training in cutting, fitting, welding, grinding and polishing your work to perfection. 

Register for a class today and then push that laptop to the side and come and get your hands dirty!

Exceptionally finished cube done in 4 hours by a student who has never welded before.

Exceptionally finished cube done in 4 hours by a student who has never welded before.


The Face of Welding Accomplishment

Thanks to all of the over 50 Students that have taken  the "How to Make a Cube" class and made it such a unique success. If you want to learn how to weld quickly, this is the place for you. No need to take expensive lengthy tech school classes or University programs. You'll get the hands-on basics to be making your own projects once you master this little cube project that gives you BIG results.

KickStarter IS DONE and METAL SHOP Studio Time is here!

WooHoo! Thank you for everyone's awesome pledges and support for our first Kickstarter Campaign! We did not reach our funding goal. As it was my first KickStarter Campaign ever I did learn a lot and had a great time doing it. Metal Shop Fantasy Camp has taught over 50 people to weld this year. My goal is to make it a full time endeavor and to provide a community space where people have access to top notch welding equipment for their personal projects and expert staff. Exciting new classes and studio time have been added to the website this week and I promise you, this is the best place to learn how to weld in New York! Our Brooklyn Metal Shop is rocking hard! Please visit the Studio Time page for dates and times.

Lauren learned to weld and completed her cube in 4 hours!

Lauren learned to weld and completed her cube in 4 hours!

Arm Yourself for the Apocalypse! Metal Shop Fantasy Camp

When the zombie apocalypse strikes, where will you be? Do you want to be caught cowering in a corner—or lead a badass resistance against the undead as a Metal God among men?

Introducing Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, the only life-changing welding workshop that equips you to kick ass on Z-Day. Learn to weld in just four hours, harnessing the raw power of fire, metal, and electricity. Master the basics, complete your own project, and bring your metal creation home.

Pledge on Kickstarter and make your Metal Shop Fantasy a reality!

You don’t have to take our workshop. If you prefer your brain uneaten, though, we highly recommend it. 

See you on Z-Day—we’ll be the ones saving the world. 

Scott Behr and the Metal Shop Fantasy Camp Team

 

We have Moved!!

We are super excited about our new space in Bushwick. You can now find our amazing new shop at 175 Bogart Street. Glad to be done packing and unpacking. We have already had at least five or six cube classes already. Come get your weld on!

A big thank you!

We would like to again thank the very talented Mr. James Jones. He shot the awesome Metal Shop Fantasy Camp video for us, and it's getting a lot of traction. Visit his site to check out other videos he's done!

So many happy faces!

We had a great time at Metal Shop Fantasy Camp last week. There was a first date, and man who brought his fiancé on a date, and even some of our own TMR staff!

It was very exciting from a visitor's perspective to watch the progress as students learned to handle the equipment and work on assembling and finishing their cubes. In many ways, it was like watching a kid on Christmas, seeing the amazement in their eyes as the project came together.

Though I did not actively participate, i still learned a lot. Now I'm ready to sign up to build my own cube!

TMRnyc’s Scott Behr Talks with The Fabricator® on Metalworking, Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, and Why People Love Tools

It’s dream-come-true day for TMRnyc. 

We’re pleased to announce our debut in The Fabricator®—North America's leading magazine for the metal forming and fabricating industry. And call us biased, but they made some pretty great observations:

“[Scott] Behr has found that many people he meets or knows are fascinated with what he does for a living, and it’s easy to understand why. TMRnyc has made its mark in the various boroughs of New York City… [with] high-profile, signature projects, including the Chobani SoHo storefront; Sprinkles Cupcakes in Manhattan; and the Shinola flagship store in Tribeca.”

Featured as a “Fab Story” on the coveted back page, the 800-word article spans some favorite TMRnyc projects, the inception and success of Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, and what’s so attractive about learning a trade (or dabbling in it). Scott offers some choice insight:

“…many people grow up nowadays not knowing how to do things, and I think using tools is a basic instinct that we have as humans. I think most people have a curiosity about working with tools.”

Thanks to The Fabricator®, and writer/associate editor Amanda Carlson for featuring TMRnyc! To read the entire article, buy the January issue of The Fabricator®, or check it out online.

Blizzard Weekend Gets Melted Down

It was a fantastic day in Metal Shop Fantasy Land today. Happy New Year Everyone! Thank you to Ben and Euralis for coming out and braving the cold. A special thank you to Michelle David today for assisting and being awesome.

We made the news(letter)!

Brooklyn Based has featured Metal Shop Fantasy Camp on their blog! They like us. They really like us.

Great Gift Ideas

Make Your Own Damn Gift!

As the holidays quickly approach and you are searching for that one gift that eludes you, give the gift of Metal Shop Fantasy Camp. We are pleased to announce our splendidly designed Gift Certificates for our “How to Make a Cube” class. Participants will be armed for the zombie apocalypse and will walk away from the 4-hour class with a finished steel cube to proudly show off their newly acquired welding skills!

Metal Shop Fantasy Camp is an experience sure to please the shop geek in all of us. Purchase gift certificates suitable for download and printing here.

 

Stubborn Gifts for Stubborn People

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It’s holiday season again, and you’ve racked your brain to come up with a gift for that impossible-to-please person in your life. Fear not. TMRnyc has you covered.

Meet the RetroCard Belt Buckle. This is a stubborn gift for stubborn people – it only holds a metro card. That’s it. A red felt slot snuggly wedged between two steel plates has your public transit fare card always ready to whip out. Each RetroCard Belt Buckle will develop a unique patina with wear over time, ensuring a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

Designed by Patrick Quinn and hand-produced by TMRnyc in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, each buckle in this limited edition series is signed by the artist, numbered and dated. It comes with an option of a black or brown leather belt, but it can be used with any button snap belt.

For even the most difficult guy or gal on your list, the RetroCard Belt Buckle is a true work of art and one gift they’ll appreciate time and time again.

 

Happy Holidays!

Smart Phone Experiment #1

Ok. I dropped my IPhone 4S in the Broad river near Athens, Ga along with $16 and my NY Drivers License about 2 months ago while kayaking. It was 2 weeks before the new iPhones were to come out. I didn't want to buy another one as my plan was to sell the refurbished, like new, phone that Apple had just replaced for the 3rd time for free. I bought a $15 burner phone from Walmart and had AT&T replace the SIM card. After 6 years of using iPhones I was finally disconnected from the internet at all times. It was liberating. I became more focused as I had lost all of the conveniences a smart phone brings. I immediately noticed that nearly everyone was literally walking around with their face in their phones, mindlessly thumbing through their screens, searching for whatever future they might be hoping to be in, instead of present to what is going on around them. People in bars don't actually talk to each other anymore, pre-teens are bullying their peers on their phones as Louis CK so eloquently pointed out. They are not learning about empathy because they don't see the pain on the victims face when they taunt them. I began to see that we are becoming a culture of dependent smart phone zombies. Stroking our little devices that cause our brain to fire off tiny little dopamine responses for each fresh email that arrives, game level advanced to and response to a social network status update, I was free! I felt a sense of actual enlightenment. The compulsion to look at this small box every time I became idle or stuck in a line had vanished. I was excited that I had to really plan my next trip to some place new beforehand, because I wouldn't have an app for that when I got near to where I thought I was going. I also could actually hear what someone was saying on a call and they could hear me. Not to mention the nostalgia of relearning to text using a numbered keypad. It had a color screen but you couldn't really see a photo if someone texted you one. It was back to the future 2001. It was Nirvana. Now, after 2 months of this experiment, yesterday I decided to go to the AT&T store to see what my options for a new smart phone or iPad/dumb phone combination might look like. Mind you I never owned an iPod. I swore I wouldn't until they put a phone in it and I did go buy the first one as soon as it came out and paid top dollar for it. I have had the grandfathered in, holy grail of unlimited data plans since the beginning. Upon my extensive inquiry at the AT&T store I find out that the plan has been cancelled but they will reinstate it only if I choose a new smart phone within the next few minutes. I became anxious. What should I do? I wasn't betting on this turn of events and now I was being forced to choose between a phone that I didn't gasp for air every-time it dropped to the floor and the seductive allure of everything at my fingertips all of the time. 
I felt conquered by technology. After comparing the pros and cons of the new iPhones, Note 3 and the Motorola Google Phone (Which is made in the USA and is really cool actually) the helpful person convinced me to get the IPhone. The reasoning being that I can trade it in for the other phones if I hate it in 14 days or resell it after the fact because it would be more valuable in that market. There is also one Mac only app I prefer to not live without and that helped edge me back onto the Apple path along with the amazing customer service they have always shown me. Ironically the AT&T system was acting up and it took an hour for them to finally give up and place the order on paper. There it was in my hands. The mother of all smartphones. A brand new iPhone freshly unwrapped from all of its beautiful packaging. It was like the first time. Now, as I type the longest status update I have ever written, and on a device I haven't interfaced with in two months, I am left with two thoughts. I am committed to keeping the sense of freedom and awareness I had with a simple burner phone. Second, You have spent your time reading about my first world trivial electronic dilemma and this world we inhabit is being destroyed by our technologies while we are busy thumbing our phones at it.

PS. Plastic never degrades back into the earth. The iPhone I dropped in the river was in a waterproof case sealed inside a plastic bag. One day when you eventually find it please send it back to me. It will still work. Use the $16 for shipping.

Thanks for reading!

 

Matthew Koerner of Manhattan Concrete Design

Matthew Koerner of Manhattan Concrete Design came out and rocked a cube. He is officially the first person to finish on-time in 4 hours. 


 

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Gearing up for Winter 2013!

Metal Shop Fantasy Camp has taken awhile to bring into existence. We have had four classes so far and it has been fun teaching people to learn to weld. I have been surprised at how quickly people are cutting and welding in no time. Looking forward to the Winter classes. It is the perfect time to be in a shop. When it is cold outside and you have the opportunity to come into the shop., put on a leather jacket and get to welding and grinding.  Let me know if you have any questions!