Ken Hobden (IG: @arc_addict)

September 11, 2021

Welcome to this week's #weldershowcase - we had the opportunity to sit down with Ken from @arc_addict and talk a little shop.
 
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Enjoy and Grind On!
 

Name: Ken Hobden
Location: Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada

Socials: IG: @arc_addict

Specialties: GMAW, GTAW, Structural and Architectural Welding and Fab Work

Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
My dad actually suggested it. Didn't have any interest in it before but I surprised myself.
 
 
What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
Getting the shot for the gram. Nah jk. My kids keep me going. Keep food in their bellies
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
7 inch grinder. Gets the weld down fast and heavy as a rock so I can skip the gym
 
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
Tough one. Lots of great things. Probably the 12th street Bridge in Calgary Alberta
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
I would still weld I think. Maybe on my own. But I love what i do
 
 
What BA product is your favorite and why?
Flappers, more abrasive than the opposition and much cheaper
What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with BA product?
Using the correct grinder angle will prolong the life of your discs, I try to stay 15° or less to the work piece
 
 
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
@starclassic or @migslayerdb and why? Seriously both those guys are boss status.  would love to head to Saskatchewan and crash Corey's place
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Be prepared to work and sweat lol. The heat can get real
 
 
What are your future plans for your shop?
Slowly start picking tools together,and lining up little jobs here and there. Probably furniture steel/wood

 

A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Ken! Sometimes you gotta try something before blowing it off.. now you love what you do and that's the best kind of work.



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