Writer, welder, artist, and blue collar advocate Josh Welton challenges the status quo when it comes to welding, cars, art, culture, Detroit, and more in this podcast presented by Brown Dog Welding LLC and Still Building America. Whether you know Josh from his trendsetting metal work as Instagram’s @welderassassin, or through his regular contributions to The Fabricator.com, The WELDER Magazine, or DodgeGarage.com you'll dig his unique storytelling and hearing from his eclectic slate of guests. Josh is joined by his wife and co-host, Darla Welton, writer, artist, philanthropist, co-founder of the Still Building America project and founder at the In Common initiative. https://www.browndogwelding.com/podcast/
Episode 12: Don't Call it a Comeback
America used to love a good comeback story. However, in the age of social media we see people being destroyed over misunderstood incidents. Individuals are slaughtered for ignorant words spoken years ago, even if the person who spoke them expresses regret and has apologized. Do we still have the capacity to give others (and ourselves) the space to learn, heal, and grow from these failures? On this episode, Josh shares the story of how a lapse in judgement as an apprentice nearly cost him his future. Mistakes were made, but an apology and forgiveness granted him an opportunity for restoration and to find his way back up. We talk Johnny Cash, Charles Lindbergh, and Liam Neeson, too.
Episode 11: Coexist
Josh and Darla try a little experiment and discuss a topic that has become exceedingly important to them: how do humans coexist in a world with so many differences and polarizing ideas and opinions? The duo talks about the difference between them and how they manage to still love one another profoundly. Welding in space, prayer, aliens, and Jesus are up for discussion on this episode of Playing With Fire. Listen in.
Episode 10: Intellectual Property Talk
Josh and Darla talk Intellectual Property on episode 10 of Playing With Fire. If you capture and share a photo or create a unique post online, do you own the copyright? Or is it free game/public domain? Let's talk about the history of copy/paste heroes and theft, intellectual property, and this generations' thoughts on influencers and original content. It's story time. And real talk.
Episode 9: 2018 Top 10 List!
Hosts Josh & Darla Welton sat down on New Year's Eve to share their Top Ten Moments from 2018! From Josh buying his Dodge Demon, to embarking on multiple road trips together, then Josh winning the 2018 AWS/WEMCO Award in Welding for media, leading important conversations about women in welding as well as the skilled workers wage gap, to launching the Still Building America initiative and this podcast together - it's been one heckuva year. Bring it on 2019!
Episode 8: Colors in the Welds
A lot of people talk about color in welds, but they don't always understand why the color does or does not matter. A rainbow of colors in the bead and heat-affected zone (HAZ) doesn’t automatically make it a good weld, and it can indicate a bad weld. It all depends on the material, the industry, and the application. On this episode of Playing With Fire, Josh talks about what it all means and makes it accessible for the novice and the pro.
Episode 7: Eyes Wide Open (Welder Wages)
Josh is a fierce supporter of the shop floor worker and is becoming an increasingly important voice in leading the conversation on the perceived skills gap versus the actual wage gap. His recently published article in The WELDER Magazine (Future welders: Enter the trade with both eyes open) stirred up some hot conversation on social media. Josh takes to the mic to make sure that his message on welding wages is clear.
The real deal.
Josh and Darla are a dynamic duo who not only speak from the heart, but practice what they preach. My favorite episodes are the ones where they speak of their story in the blue collar world and share the stories of others. I subscribed because these two are family, but I listen because they inspire me.
I just binge listened to all the episodes and even the one that aren’t on the podcast can’t wait to hear more from Josh and Darla. I like that your from Michigan as I’m as will