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Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Tom from and talk a little shop.
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Name:  Tommy Rogers
Business Name:  Rustic Metal Artwork 
Location: Coulterville CA 
Socials: IG:  FB: tom.roger.794
Specialties:  Metal Artwork
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
And how long I have welded since I was 13 and I am now 65.  I have always enjoyed being able to build things from nothing which started out from cow corrals to pole barns and whatever else needed welding on the dairy farm.  As I got older I started making gifts for my family members.
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
I find that building things is very relaxing and rewarding.
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
My welder because that's what puts it all together.
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
Sculpture pieces.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
I'm doing it now. 
What BA product is your favorite and why?
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The flap disc grinding wheels for there longevity  and quality
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA products?
Never stop learning or giving up
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
No idea
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Do what makes you happy
What are your future plans for your shop?
A bigger welding table


A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Tom! We appreciate your time.
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