651 E. Valley St. Willits CA 95490  - 1-707-459-2523 - 9 to 5 Pacific time  M-F

Started Smithing 1973 

Bill Watkins Ford

1968 Season

Drove GT 40 for

Welded Airplane 

Fuselage 2013

This is the car I drove to the NHRA National Championship in 1964

 

I Want to Answer the Question

 HOW DO I GET STARTED IN METAL SHAPING

Learn the Fundamentals

of Metal Shaping

For many years I have watched the car building and modifying shows on TV and YouTube. I finally had to stop watching because I couldn't believe the amount of misinformation and shoddy workmanship that was being put out to the people that were hungry for this information. Since I retired in 2010 I have had the opportunity to attend many car shows (selling the HenRob welding torch) across the US and attending workshops in California. At almost all of the gatherings I have attended, I have been asked if I would teach either metal shaping or oxy acetylene welding of steel or aluminum. Well now I have bit the bullet and am opening my shop to give you the opportunity to learn what I have learned from some of the best metal men and fabricators in the world.

Men like the late Phil Remington who worked for Carroll Shelby and then Dan Gurney until his recent death.

George Boshkoff the fabricator who put the first V8 in a Sunbeam (which became the Tiger) for the Roots Group of England while working at Shelby's.

John Olson (who taught me how to weld aluminum with oxy acetylene) who was brought over from England by Shelby to build the Daytona Coupe.

And Bob Guterez (who taught me how to TIG weld aluminum, 4130, and Magnesium) who worked at STP building Indy Cars for drivers such as Mario Andretti, Sam Posey, and Art Pollard. I was Sam Posey's Mechanic.

So if you are interested in the art of Metal Shaping and welding with oxy acetylene, and want to get off on the right foot, give me a call and we'll set up a date for joining one of the classes held the first and third weekend of each month.

1-707-459-2523             Thanks                    Jere Kirkpatrick 

Championship 2012 

 at Former Employee

Reunion 2009

Sprite 2005

Drove Sprint Car 1992 

1976 - 78 

Bicycle 1973

 Diamondback

 Bicycle 1975

From 1972 - 1976

Carts 1974 & 75 

 Gene Winfield

 Me and

 Alex Gambino

 Restored Bug Eyed 

Me with Carroll Shelby

 Won USAC West

 Designed Built and 

 Built & Raced Enduro

 Raced in Desert  

Sponsored Billy Gray

 Design & Build

Design & Build Webco   

Worked for STP    69 & 70

 

First win 1959

Riverside 1964 

Half Moon Bay 1964