Welding Class FAQ

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions that are not answered here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: I will be rebooting my class schedule in Dripping Springs at the first of the year, 2018. Thanks to all who have expressed an interest in John Barber Studios over the years and please come see us in our new location: the Beautiful Texas Hill Country!

Q- What is the Cost of the Class?
A- The cost for the Basic Welding Class is $150. Click here to register for a basic welding class. The cost for the Project Welding Class (4 evenings) is $175. You may pay online on the registration page. Click here to register for a project class. If you would prefer to pay in cash or check, please contact me.

Q- Can I change the date of my class?
A- You may transfer to a different class date that is available, if you provide me notice at least 7 days prior to your original class date. A transfer fee is $25. To transfer, please call me at 713.557.7960 or email me at johnbarberstudios@gmail.com. You can then pay the transfer fee by clicking here.

Q- How do I register for a class?
A- Click here to register for a basic welding class online. Click here to register for a project class online.

Q- What are the dates for your classes?
A- Basic Welding for Beginners Class is taught on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 12pm-5pm. I also have dates for my Project Welding Classes available. See my Class Calendar for available class dates. If you are interested in a class but don’t see a date available, please contact me

Q- How long is the Class?
A- The Basic Welding Class is a one Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm. Five hours total. We take a short break around 3, but not long enough to go anywhere. Just a bathroom break, or make a phone call sort of break. The Project Welding Classes are held over 4 evenings in 2 weeks, 2-Tuesdays and 2-Thursdays from 7-9pm each evening.

Q- Where is the class taught?
A-  My home and Studio are located on Houston’s near North Side on the edge of Garden Oaks. I am in a mixed use neighborhood in an older section of town with lots of large trees. (As of August 1st, 2017, my studio is moving from Houston to Dripping Springs, Texas.)

Q- What will we learn?
A- The Basic Welding Class focuses on three techniques. MIG welding that is also called wire feed welding, Plasma Arc cutting, the latest in severing sheet metal, and Arc welding, the root from where all these other techniques come from. We will also discuss safety issues related to the trade. There are Welding Equipment Catalogs available for you to peruse so that we can compare features and pricing on a range of machines from economy models to top of the line.

Q- What should I bring?
A- Your payment for the class by cash or check, if you have not already paid online.
 We will provide all the safety gear required. However, if you already have a welding helmet, bring it along, you may as well get used to working with your own stuff.

Q- What should I wear?
A- A long sleeve shirt that 
buttons at the collar and the sleeve and long pants, jeans are fine. Closed toe leather shoes as we throw some sparks around. Hiking boots, Cowboy boots or leather work shoes will suit. The class will provide all the safety gear required. However, if you already have a welding helmet, bring it along, you may as well get used to working with your own stuff.

Q- How dangerous is this work?
A- All the machines in the shop are late model units equipped with all the latest safety features. Modern home welding shops are as safe as woodworking shops. It is always important to pay close attention in any workshop to avoid injury. But, in 20 years of teaching I have had nothing more serious than a blistered finger occur.
Q- How much can we expect to learn in one afternoon as opposed to a whole semester at a community college?
A- The college system is geared toward preparing people for entry level jobs in the industry. My class focuses on the hobbyist, homeowner, DIYers, and artistically inclined people. In addition, I short cut the technical jargon and get right to the proper way to hold and manipulate the tools in a safe, productive manner. This class is the only place in Metropolitan Houston that you can attend and have a hands on experience with all these types of cutting and welding all in one day.