The internet has changed the way we look at the world, and how we learn. How-to videos are fast becoming the most popular things on the internet and you can learn how to do almost everything, from a martial art to your tax returns, by watching bite-size videos on YouTube. You can learn to weld that way too.
Watching a simple five-minute video from an expert can save you countless hours and serious money in lost materials. Trial and error used to be the only way to learn MIG welding and TIG welding, now you can watch other people get it right on your phone while you work and follow their blueprint.
Of course, there’s a lot of rubbish out there on the internet, but there are some great teachers and real artists passing on the best information on YouTube. Here are a few of our favourites:
A real expert teacher who is determined to pass on his knowledge in a relaxed, unpretentious way.
Exactly what it says on the tin, a vast amount of tips to improve your welding techniques. This channel now has 178,000 subscribers and 50 million video views, which is massive for any genre.
An artist, rather than an industrial welder, who just happens to use metal as his medium. Aesthetics are vital to Caron, which means clean welds, so he still has a lot of useful information to pass on to the hobbyist.
The manufacturer’s own channel is obviously a touch self-promotional, but there’s a mine of valuable information in there, as well as some high-quality welding videos produced to show the welding manufacturer’s best side.
YouTube is a haven for eccentric folks and this one just happens to be a welding superstar. His dream is quite simple, building a huge, 74-foot steel boat on his front lawn. This oddball has already built a submarine on his own and is now fabricating every part of his own boat, complete with bulkheads and bronze propellers. He’s doing most of the welds with a simple suitcase welder, too, which makes his odyssey all the more impressive.