| March/April 1999

As we prepare our March/April issue for the printer, there is a blanket of snow outside the window. We had had such a mild fall, that winter didn't seem to be 'on the way' this year, but at last it has arrived!

We have lots of letters for the column this time, and a great number of pictures, as well. We are grateful to all of you who have sent us material, and urge those of you who haven't, to do so!

And now, on to our letters:

The American Welding Society, 550 N.W.. Le Jeune Road, Miami. Florida 33126 sends us news of a recently published book that might be of general interest to our readers.

'The American Welding Society has just released the latest edition of Weld perfect: The Easy Guide to Perfect Welding by Darrel McGuire. Weld perfect was written to help give people practical knowledge of welding and simplify some of the technical language used by the profession. Color illustrations and charts are used to explain the variety of welding applications, and the book includes a chapter on the importance of welding safely. Other chapters include information on shielded metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, submerged arc welding, filler metals, and metallurgy, as well as useful appendices on common welding symbols and definitions of welding related terminology.'

'Weld perfect' author Darrel McGuire has had a long and distinguished career in the materials joining industry. McGuire began his welding career as the son of a contractor, working on construction sites as a teenager. Today, he is Senior Welding Engineer for a Fortune 500 company in Wisconsin. McGuire wrote Weld perfect, with the idea to 'keep it simple.'