When you think about it, welding is pretty amazing. Not only is it useful in a practical sense, but properly executed, welded metal can be quite artful as well. That much is evident by this awesome Chevrolet truck sculpture created by a high school senior as part of the Skills USA Championship.
Pictures of the welded Chevrolet truck sculpture were recently posted to Facebook by the piece’s creator, Zahrah Hayden, who says she devoted nearly 100 hours to make it.
“I started out with solid bar and used it on the majority of the project, everything else was scrap from our school shop,” Hayden writes. “Square tubing, pipe, nuts, bolts, TIG filler, and I used old blocks and melted them to make the mud.”
The amount of detail and skill involved in the project is nothing short of amazing. Not only does the Chevrolet truck sculpture look fantastic riding across the melted metal mud, but even the interior was detailed to include things like a dash, pedals, gauges, a steering wheel, and bench seats.
Although it was poised to grab first place in the competition, Hayden’s Chevrolet truck sculpture ended up with a second-place finish due to a rule violation for using the Chevrolet Bow Tie logo.
“Unfortunately I had the rules from last year and this year I got a 50pt deduction for the use of the Chevy logo,” she writes. Luckily, the Chevrolet truck sculpture still secured enough points to send Hayden to the state competition, where she’ll have a shot at securing a scholarship.
Although it’s got to be frustrating to get knocked from first place for a rules violation, the young student still deserves lots of praise. The skills she’s developed at a very early age are abundantly evident, and we think Hayden has a very bright future ahead of her.