What a difference a year makes.
2017 has been a year full of change. I’d
like to thank you, the reader, for sticking by us
through all our changes this year. And I’d like
to give a special thanks to those who have
written me letters and emails expressing your
thoughts and excitement about our redesigned magazine. Please keep your feedback
coming. It helps us to stay on track and provides us with potential story leads that we can
pursue down the road.
Now that we’ve introduced you to the
magazine, we also want to encourage you to
visit us at www.thefabricator.com/thewelder.
Here you can share your welding hacks (we’ll
send a $100 gift card to you if we publish it in
print in The WELDER) and upload photos and/
or videos of your projects or interesting welds.
We are hoping that this becomes an online
community where welders—you—gather to
show off your skills as well as some of the cool
things you’re working on.
As we close out 2017 and look ahead to
2018, we have to say goodbye to longtime
columnist Paul Cameron, who is stepping
away after 10 years. Paul took over Arc Welding 101 for Marty Rice and was one of the
first people I worked with when I became
associate editor. He must’ve sensed that I was
in the middle of a freak-out during one of our
first email exchanges, because his next email
to me was a nice message letting me know
that everything was going to be fine. It was a
simple note, but it was exactly what I needed
at that time. I’ll never forget that.
When Paul reached out to me early last
summer to let me know he was ready to call
it quits, he did so in the most Paul Cameron
“Just thinkin’ out loud . . . what if I hung
it up or drug up (as we say in the field) after
It was succinct, direct, and personable.
Just like him.
Through the years Paul, a Minnesota
Vikings fan, and I, a Chicago Bears fan, have
chided one another about our teams’ woes,
which have been many. I’ve gotten to follow
his life and travels through Facebook, putting
faces to names that he used occasionally via
email or in his columns. He was excellent
to work with and provided our readers with
great information infused with his unique
personality. His insights will be missed, but I
am excited about this opportunity for someone else to lend a different perspective in a
new column that will appear in the January/
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season,
and I look forward to what lies ahead in 2018.
Editor, The WELDER