Mitchell Moore (IG: @dabndaddo)

May 15, 2021

Welcome to this week's #weldershowcase - we had the opportunity to sit down with Mitchell from @dabndaddo and talk a little shop.
 
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This week's #WELDERSHOWCASE is...

 

Name: Mitchell Moore

Business Name: Dabndaddo

Country/State Location: Washington, USA

Socials: IG: @dabndaddo TikTok: @dabndaddo

Websites: Etsy

Specialties: TigArt/ Tig Welding: Aluminum,Stainless,Copper Nickel

Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
I was always mechanically inclined working in the garage as a kid, naturally I wanted to work with my hands. I started welding as a freshman in high school. Took 2 classes of welding for all 4 years and as soon as I graduated, I landed a job in the fab shop at a private yacht company building $50 million yachts. Then furthered my career by switching jobs and building  "Top Secret" aluminum boats for the Navy Seals and Israeli Navy. A year ago I found a full time Tig Welding position which has really helped me grow as a Tig Welder which helped me focus on the Weldart.
 
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
That there will never be a point in my life that I will be a perfect welder, nor will I know everything about welding because there is so much to learn!
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
It would have to be the actual Tig Welder itself because with just the change of 1 setting, you can create something amazing or something terrible. All that power in just a few ounces held in your hand that you soon become addicted to and never want to stop creating.
 
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
Favorite piece would have to be the piece for Ck Worldwide because it really pushed me to try to think of some different approaches on how to make it different, as well as just the size can push one's ability to keep consistent.
If you could have any job as it relates to question 1 what would it be and what would you do with that?
My dream job would be a custom car shop that would build custom exhausts for exotic cars, roll cages, as well as a focus on engines/performance...while still creating Weldart on the side
 
  What BA product is your favorite and why?
My favorite BA product is definitely the Unitized Wheel for the 4½" Grinder because it is a great wheel for a soft polish so as not to have to worry about fingerprints etc. but it still has a polished look.
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
The most surprising product so far has been the #8 Mirror Polishing Kit.  To be able to use just an everyday angle grinder to be able to put a near perfect mirror finish on a sheet of metal is awesome.
 
  What tips and tricks do you have for us that might be different or eye opening for others to try with a BA product?
Like with any delicate process such as mirror polishing metal, have patience and don't expect perfection the first time. With patience comes quality.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
This is a very hard one! It would have to be Sean Flottman @Dabswellington or Dusty James @pacificarctigwelding both are incredibly knowledgeable and extremely talented.
 
  Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
Use any opportunity to learn and to better yourself, make yourself more valuable - that way you can make full use of your skills
What are your future plans for your shop?
I plan to expand slightly with some upgrades in tooling, and to continue to be a full time welder/fabricator and make weld SS Tig Art at home.
 
 
Thanks for sitting with us and sharing your story with the community - is there anything you'd like to add?  
Keep your head up, never pay attention to negativity and to keep learning!

 A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mitchell! Pretty damn cool to come from making "top secret" boats for navy seals to TIG art! Keep dabbing brother!



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