Molten Metal Works provides welding instruction and metal shop access to the community of Los Angeles. We do not certify welders or teach how to weld I-beams. Instead, we focus on what most people need: how to fix a fence, build their own furniture, and how to make sculpture, chandeliers, or custom motorcycle parts. We’ve got 4,000 square feet full of tools, the expertise to match, and a lot more patience than your seventh grade shop teacher.
Classes are offered 7 days a week, with a bunch of one and two day classes in specific techniques and a bunch of 6 week project based classes. Private lessons are available for individuals or for groups, especially good for job training (non-certified welding especially). We are also available for project consulting.
Matt Jones (me) founded the shop in 2009, starting with classes in the back of Machine Project and in 2010 he got his own shop and has filled it up with classes since. He’s been welding since 2000, learning in sculpture classes in college and has continued with stints building furniture, sets for museums and amusement parks (Harry Potter at Universal Orlando and Carsland at Disneyland), and custom fabrication for artists and organizations. He has taught welding for about seven years and his enthusiasm has only grown, seeing the devilish grin on students’ faces as they too, learn to “build things for real” (student quote). He’s also a pretty good artist, working in wood and metal, usually motorized, and sometimes interactive. More work is on his art website (www.ojdingo.com). Dartmouth College, BA Psych and Studio Art double major; Stanford University, MFA Art Practice; and Central New Mexico Community College, coursework in welding and electronics.
Eric Wech came up through the MMW classes, learning welding as a way to break away from his NPO accounting job. Since joining MMW, he’s proven valuable on both the accounting and welding side, developing classes to complement his interests in BBQ grill making, tube bending (with Jeep Wrangler rock sliders in mind), and advanced New Orleans Saints Appreciation. He’s also pretty damn patient, having been trained to deal with government phone operators. He’s also really funny, trained as a stand up comedian. Be sure to ask him about that. Tulane University, BSM Finance.
Imerio Palumbo moved to Los Angeles from Italy, where he worked for 15 years as an exhibition designer. His professional experience includes interior design and lighting design, and among the notable people he has worked with is the Pope. He has travelled most of Europe and parts of the Middle East and North Africa by motorcycle, so needless to say he loves a challenge, which is why he was excited to join the team at MMW.
Thea Ulrich is an artist, performer, and metal worker who graduated from RISD in 2012, where she fell in love with welding and blacksmithing. She makes large sculptures and installations that she climbs around on and performs in, which embody the merging of her past as professional aerialist in the circus and her love of sculpting and metal fabrication. She started teaching welding and blacksmithing at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI, and was so happy to find and become a part of Molten Metal Works upon moving out to LA.
Martin DeWinter needs to send me his bio. But he’s a certified stick welder (at least back in Belgium). He also builds bikes and fences and gates.