The second week into class I was introduced to a "hand held PLASMA CUTTER"..... and the heavens opened and my heart beat faster and there were angels singing Hallelujah! Seriously!!!! My instructor showed me how to turn this machine on, how to ground it and said "whatever you do.... don't put your fingers in front of the flame if you want to keep them", then said "have fun"! Well the next day, Friday, I had to have my own plasma cutter and went out and bought one ~ From that moment on I've been cutting out shovels and steel.
I came back to class on Weds after my big purchase with my first piece of Art - My cut shovels! My instructor was floored and from then on he sort of let me do my own thing. No more practicing welding techniques for me.