We’re big fans of custom tools. Not only do they say something about you as a tool guy but they’re a fun way to set yourself apart from the herd. This fine example of a custom welding helmet from reader Lungofish struck us as a sweet way to get art into the shop. He writes about the process:
A while ago I decided that the lame flame stickers on my harbor fright welding helmet needed to go. This weekend I finally did something about it.
On the one hand, it turned out much better than I was expecting for a first shot through a very quickly hacked up frisket. On the other hand, I don’t expect it to last long. Despite claiming to be able to stick to plastic, the primer’s adhesion to the helmet is weak at best and a big chunk came off near her foot when I removed the frisket film. Which is very bad, since the film’s adhesive is about as sticky as a post-it note. I suspect that as soon as I start some serious TIGgin’ the paint is going to start to blister and peel off.
If that happens, all it really means is that I get to peel it all off and do it again, only better!
We put this smack in the middle of WWII bomber nose art and ice sculpture. Even if it’s going to be rather temporary, having burnt-up, cracked nose art on the helmet might be even more cool than something pristine. In any case, this is badassery in its finest form, sir.