vo·ca·tion vo-’ka-shen noun 1. specified occupation, profession, or trade; 2. a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career 3. work pursued for personal satisfaction first and personal gain second It’s easy to paint the term “welder” with a broad brush. We usually use it in reference to those professions in which the machine is synonymous with its user, such as the pipeline welder or the iron worker. But there are others for whom the welder is a vital, pivotal tool used in the pursuit of the user’s passion-turned-business. These are the craftsmen, the artists, the builders, the makers – the vocations for which welding is a means to an end, but not the end itself. The following pages celebrate a select few of these “vocational” welders. Their chosen paths are diverse, but the passion to create — with welding as part of that creative process — is the common thread that turns their vision to reality.