APRIL 2012: My mother and I took an advanced welding course at the local high school with a number of fellows who would be using their welding skill as their life’s work. We were simply taking the course to expand the kind of metal that we might use in our sculptures. Each night of the course, mom and I would start by rummaging through the metal waste bucket from the Vo-Tech students’ classes. Our goal was to dig out a few odd-shaped bits of scrap and then turn it into something novel. We called it a “design challenge”. I made this piece during my welding class one night. The piece started with those 6 -8 vertical stock pieces that the students had welded together in class. I added all the hair and facial features modeled after my own appearance! This type of sculpture is like a cross between a venerated bronze bust, and a funny, hand-drawn caricature.