Things have changed quite a bit in terms of
technology. In many respects, high-tech inverter machines and semiautomatic processes have taken over,
which meant Wright had some catching up to do.
“Today there are so many different processes. I
want to learn them all and do them all. When I’m
not making a video, I’m out here at night practicing
and honing my skills.”
Whether it’s building a gate for his home or a
metal table for a neighbor, or even creating projects
made from wood, Wright can do it all. If it means
spending time building things in his garage, he’ll
Before Jim Wright’s garage became the backdrop
for “Jimbo’s Garage,” it was best known as a place
where friends and family congregated to watch football, throw darts, or just sit around and chat. Woodworking and metalworking tools line the perimeter
walls. A welding table that sits in front of the window
overlooking the backyard houses every size and
type of grinder imaginable. Paint cans are perfectly
organized by color; wrenches—including the full
set he received from his parents—are displayed in
the most picturesque way in his tall Craftsman tool
chest. Light-up beer signs, racing posters, and other
decor make the space fun and personable.
Dane Wagner, producer of “Jimbo’s Garage” and
Wright’s future son-in-law, was impressed with the
detail and scope of Wright’s garage, but that wasn’t
his main takeaway.
“What stood out to me was how people seemed
to gravitate toward Jim. It doesn’t matter, young or
old, everybody is hanging out here with Jimbo,”
“I remember walking in here for the first time
thinking that it was the most incredible spot. Every-
thing is superorganized and clean, and it’s just as
comfortable in here as it is in the house. It’s so lived-
in and natural.”
As they got more acquainted, Wright and Wag-
ner discovered common ground through a shared
love of You Tube videos. Wright loved watching
welding videos by Jody Collier of “Welding Tips
and Tricks,” Lance Edwards of “ChuckE2009,” and
Jimmy DiResta. And then Wright showed Wag-
ner some of the videos he had captured with his
phone detailing the various projects he was working
on. The videos were simple, of course, but Wag-
ner couldn’t help but notice the effortlessness of
Wright’s on-camera demeanor and how compelling
he made each step of the project sound.
“I saw so much personality on camera, which was
such a contrast to how he was off camera. He’s just a
man’s man,” Wagner said.
BUILDING A YOUTUBE CHANNEL
When Wagner, a self-taught filmmaker, and Wright’s
daughter Jenna approached Wright about turning
his fascination into his own You Tube channel, they
really weren’t thinking long term. It all genuinely
started as something fun to do while they hung out
in the garage. But it was an idea that made a lot of
sense. Wright is crafty, knowledgeable, humble, very
likable, and comfortable in his own skin. And he has
the perfect space to set up production.
Being the laid-back guy that he is, Wright agreed
to give it a try.
Turns out he was a natural.
“I brought over a new cam-
era, turned it on, and away he
went. He said, ‘Hey, welcome
to Jimbo’s Garage. Today we’re
going to do this and that.’ He
stopped and asked, ‘Was that
good?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that
Together, they made a video
and a brief intro, created the
channel, and released the first
video. Wright does all of his
own camera work. He sets up
the shot, adjusts the lighting,
hits record, and starts talk-
ing. If he needs a different camera angle, he stops,
switches camera positions, and starts again. When
he is finished shooting content, Wagner collects the
footage and edits it. It’s a process, but it’s one that
works for both of their schedules.
Welding always came easily to Wright. Even though he has
had a lot to catch up on in terms of equipment and processes,
holding a torch and running a bead feels like home.
WHETHER IT’S BUILDING
A GATE FOR HIS HOME
OR A METAL TABLE FOR
A NEIGHBOR, OR EVEN
MADE FROM WOOD,
WRIGHT CAN DO IT ALL.
IF IT MEANS SPENDING
TIME BUILDING THINGS IN
HIS GARAGE, HE’LL DO IT.