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Building a fireplace

posted Feb 20, 2015, 10:58 AM by Jessica Mies

Nothing describes a summer night better than roasting marshmallows and sitting around a fire. For this sort of a night, a fireplace would be needed. The welding class has been working on building fireplaces since November. Using quarter inch steel, the students use a plasma cutter to make the pieces the appropriate size and then weld the pieces together, according to sophomore Matthew Becker.

This is the first year the class has sold them. Anyone can purchase one of the fireplaces. To make a purchase, contact either shop teacher Bryan Bates or anyone enrolled in the class. The price is $150. The money made from the sale goes to the school, after paying for supplies. The fireplace can be designed with a Conway Springs Cardinal head and Conway Springs on the sides, or you can ask for your own customized design.

“The fireplaces look nice, and if you buy one with a Cardinal, you’re supporting your community,” sophomore Dennis Zoglmann said.

The fireplaces will be available as long as they stay in demand, according to Mr. Bates.

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Sparks fly as senior Michael Ramirez grinds the steel to build fireplaces for local residents.
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