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Joshua Robinson (@ohiogrudgeracing)

Welcome to this week's #benchmarkspotlight (formerly the #weldershowcase) - we had the opportunity to sit down with Joshua from @ohiogrudgeracing and talk a little shop.
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Name:  Joshua Robinson

Business Name:  Ohio Grudge Racing

Location: Columbus, OH

Socials: IG: @ohiogrudgeracing  FB: Ohio Grudge Racing  Twitter: ohiogrudgeracing  TikTok: @ohiogrudgeracing
Specialties:  Jack of all trades, master of none, student of life, based around the automotive fabrication world
Tell us about yourself - what inspired you to get into your trade? And how long?
I have loved custom cars my entire life, any and everything about customization is rooted deeply in my DNA. Growing up poor I learned that if I want something I'll have to work hard and earn it... sometimes affordability necessitates learning to make it on my own. I have been making things automotive for nearly 25 years now.
  What keeps you motivated throughout the day?
More than loving to win... I hate to lose.
Each day is full of challenges... refusing to let them beat me is what drives me when passion alone isn't enough
What is your favorite shop tool and why?
My Shear, all metal werk starts there
  What's your favorite piece that you've worked on?
My current street race car build, is not a masterpiece in the fabrication aesthetic department, it will however be extremely proficient in functionality
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 love to learn more european metal shaping techniques and practical applications from real old-world craftsmen in the coach-building world
What BA product is your favorite and why?
Flap disks, last surprisingly long for the price. I really thought they would wear quickly for the price.... and was VERY surprised at the "bang for buck" performance!
What BA product surprised you in terms of quality - what about it set it apart from the competition?
To date, I have only used the flap disks and have been extremely happy with them... I will try more BA products in the future based on my experiences with flap disks.
If there was one person you could collaborate with - who would it be and why?
Ron Covell, I would love to apprentice under him for an extended period of time (lottery dreams lol)
Do you have any advice for the next generation that you wish you had when you first started?
The most helpful thing I have EVER learned in metal fabrication is that I am not the boss, but rather someone who makes subtle suggestions to the metal in hopes it cooperates.... has saved me countless hours of frustration.
What are your future plans for your shop?
More square footage, more tools... I have a serious addiction to tools lol


 A Note From Leo
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Joshua! I agree - growing up making things with what you have on hand that also functions exactly like something that is bought is such a fulfilling moment. Be sure to always finish off that quote though.. "a jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one."
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