Liberty Bell HS Welding

Liberty Bell Welding open house November 2011

Liberty Bell Welding open house November 2011

The Shop

The Liberty Bell High School welding program and community welding classes taught by Barry Stromberger of Slagworks studio (along with the occasional concert, film or dance performance) make the Road Shop a lively place.

About the program

Teens have a chance to build skills in the welding program offered to Liberty Bell and Independent Learning Center students at the TwispWorks “Road Shop”.

Barry Stromberger and Alex Hall unload welding equipment in the TW shop.

Twisp metal artist and certified welding instructor Barry Stromberger worked with the school district to restart the welding program, which had been dormant for six years due to lack of a qualified instructor.

Stromberger said he was inspired by strong student interest in welding. The TwispWorks shop building offered an ideal location for the program.

“This is an industrial space with lots of room, overhead chain hoists, separate classroom and storage spaces and almost enough power to meet the needs. There is room to have workstations and do projects, and large roll-up doors.” Hear more from Barry here.

Preparing for jobs or arts

Stromberger will teach 18 students the basics of welding, from stick welding to plasma cutting, in the nine-month course.

He says the course will prepare  students for entry-level jobs with local metalworkers, teach them to do their own projects safely, or move on to a community college welding certification program.

A volunteer helps prepare welding equipment.

“The bottom line is learning skills, then making things. First we will learn safety and basic welding, then I want it to be project oriented.”

Students will work on community projects including a customized recycling trailer for local company Methow Recycling Roundup. Stromberger hopes to also arrange for students to have some time to work on personal projects.

Community support helping 

Twisp’s Hank Konrad pledged $8,000 to the program, and other community members more than matched that amount to help cover the costs of the program.

Financial donations are tax deductible. Donations of welding-related equipment are also welcome, contact info@twispworks.org for more information.