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Stephen Hyatt has been a welder since 1973 and is currently employed welding aircraft parts at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. He has a great deal of experience doing TIG welding with an ESAB Heliarc 161. He also does some welding in his shop at home and specializes in welding titanium. He made this Native American head from titanium using running beads of weld from 3/32 weld wire on blocks of cold rolled steel. He placed individual beads to create the face. The war bonnet was made from flat sheets of titanium cut to look like eagle feathers. The color was added by moving an argon torch close to the metal and then back away as the metal is cooling off.
The finished piece is occasionally displayed at his worksite during multi-cultural weeks.
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