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Fire it Up: Arts Welding – G191021

Workshop ID: G191021
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,195.00

Single supplement is not available for this retreat. Join our “welding-in-the-round” community and experience the thrill of metal art welding surrounded by the incredible beauty of Ghost Ranch. Learn the basics of oxygenacetylene welding and brazing to make functional and artistic works. Weld using metal from ferrous (iron) materials and accent with glass, stone and non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, aluminum). Open to all levels of experience age 15 plus.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Connie Burkhart

Connie Burkhart is a true Renaissance woman who has sculpted her life to include all the passions of her heart and soul. Proud to be the mother of four, she is also a metal design

David Kadlec

David Kadlec is a career artist and fabricator, who discovered his love of how things work at the elbow of his dad, Jack, a mechanical engineer and passionate builder. From the early days of determining


To download PDF of Welcome Letter, please click here: Fire It Up Welcome Letter

Hello Wretched Welders!

Get ready! Get set! Get fired up for your fun-filled class of creativity, sparks and the enticing smell of burning metal. How sweet it is!

For newcomers to the class, sparks are deflected from you toward others by wearing cotton pants, long sleeve cotton shirts and closed toe (leather) footwear. Long sleeve shirts can be worn over T-shirts if desired, which gives you a cooler break at lunch. A hat, bandana and/or hair tied back without using hair spray, aftershave, perfume or any other accelerant often keeps hair from catching on fire, which can prove a distraction to the other students. FYI: this has never happened.

This summer, we added a plasma cutter to the entourage of tools available to the Fire It Up class. Harness the power of Zeus and expand your cutting power and creative options in one mighty lightning bolt hurl.

We provide gloves, eye protection, aprons, all the tools, scrap metal and first aid kits. If you want to bring your own goggles, tools, metal and materials, that’s fine. Some folks like to bring their own leather gloves that fit ‘like a glove’ for more dexterity, though it is not a necessity. Lightweight leather gloves that fit your hand well are great to have ‘on hand’. Check out gloves at a home improvement box store to keep the expense down. Don’t wear anything you don’t want holes or stains in. People will admire your outfit at every meal!

We ALWAYS accept metal donations to our ‘treasure pile’ if you bring some scrap and want to leave something behind for the next ‘welding bug bitten’ victim that’s great. Speaking of bugs, every year is different, but it’s good to bring some bug repellent as swatting a mosquito while holding a lit torch does not usually turn out well for the insect, you or the wretched welder next to you. Also remember that you will take home what you design and build, so it has to fit in the overhead bin, under the seat, in the bed of the truck or on top of your vehicle. Create responsibly.

Our studio space for our sessions will be located in Longhouse near the Kitchen Mesa/Box Canyon trail head. This amazing space is where you will create your artworks. We work from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday we work from 9 a.m. to just after lunch when you will finish up those last minute welds and clean up your space in Longhouse. After the area is cleaned on Friday afternoon, as a group we will transport and set up our creations for your after dinner Friday Art Show. This show is an anticipated event for the culmination of the week’s work. Please plan on taking your creations with you after the art show on Friday evening, that is, unless you sell your piece to an admirer!

We anxiously await your arrival at Ghost Ranch and look forward to seeing you briefly on Sunday evening at the ranch orientation at 6:45pm after dinner. Our meeting that night will be quick so you can get some rest and know what to expect for the coming day when we ‘Fire It Up’!

October mornings can be COLD, so plan to layer accordingly to be comfortable.

Travel Safely and get ready for a great experience surrounded by the incredible inspiring beauty of Ghost Ranch.

Take Care, and please feel free to contact us with any additional information you may need regarding the workshop.

Connie Burkhart
505 494-9887

Tom Nichols

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note:  Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability). For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.
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