My first interest in metal work originated in shop (welding) class in high school. A few years later I hired on in the layout department of a metal fabrication plant, where an older African American gentleman mentored me in the operation of an oxy-acetylene torch. I worked there for more than a year before dabbling in other occupations. In 1974, I took a job in the maintenance department of a company in Ft. Worth, Texas, where I was once again working with things of metal; arc welding and torch work…and once again I was mentored by an older gentleman. He was half Cherokee Indian and a full time friend. I got married in 1975 and worked there until 1978. In that year I bought a fully equipped welding truck, with the notion of starting my own business. But it was not to be. I took a factory welding job, but worked on creative metal projects in my spare time. Within a year, I went to work in a totally unrelated field, because it offered more security and benefits for my wife and two daughters. In 2013, after 35 years, I retired from that venture. I kept my welder and torch all those years and even bought two more welders; all the while expanding creative metal designs. I now enjoy much more time in retirement to concentrate on those interests.