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Welding the semester to a close

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Students in the Farm Shop 1 class at Buffalo High School spent the final days of their semester working on a practical project to implement their welding knowledge - branding irons. The group was tasked with making their own branding irons although the purpose was up to the students. It could be full sized and usable for livestock, it could be a gift, or for one student it ended up being a steak brand. The students finished up on the projects during finals week, ultimately branding a plywood board when finished to check the results of their completed irons. 

Kennedy Rhoads kneels down to look from eye level

Kennedy Rhoads kneels down to look from eye level at the curve of her R on the anvil on Wednesday. Kennedy was making a Reverse K Lazy R steak brand in class that she would ultimately get together into one piece by the end of class on Wednesday.

Kennedy Rhoads hammers the top of her R

Kennedy Rhoads hammers the top of her R as she continues to shape the hot metal on Wednesday. Before shaping the metal, the pieces are placed inside the forge so that they get hot enough to be malleable.

Teacher Taylor Rieniets, right, helps student Hutson Bowe

Teacher Taylor Rieniets, right, helps student Hutson Bowe lay out his brand pieces on Wednesday. Because of timing this semester and quarantining for students, everyone was at a slightly different place on their projects in the final few classes of the semester.

Kennedy Rhoads smooths and cleans up the welded edges

Kennedy Rhoads smooths and cleans up the welded edges on his branding iron on Wednesday. The students could use different tools to achieve this outcome depending on size and location of the smoothing.

Lance Rabel sits in one of the welding booths

Lance Rabel sits in one of the welding booths to work on welding together prices of his branding iron on Wednesday. When doing the actual welding, students work from inside a three sided booth that has a curtain hanging on the fourth side to prevent sparks from spreading.

Fletcher Bentley emerges from his welding cubicle

Fletcher Bentley emerges from his welding cubicle to dip his project in water to quickly cool it down on Wednesday. Dipping projects in water helps to cool projects down so they can be cleaned up or so that the welding can continue.

Teacher Taylor Rieniets helps student Kennedy Rhoads

Teacher Taylor Rieniets helps student Kennedy Rhoads use the oxy-settling equipment on Wednesday. All students were expected to know how to use it and Rieniets showed them on and off procedures as well as how to control the output and how to use the torch.

Everett Green brands a large sheet of plywood

Everett Green brands a large sheet of plywood on the sidewalk in front of the shop after completing his project on Wednesday. Green designed the the brand to have letters ET - E for his first initial and T for his dads and the top of the T curved to represent the fishing rods that the pair make together.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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