Ben Emery- Advanced Metal Fabrication Student Gift
Ben Emery of Vienna, a senior in the Metal Fabrication class at Foster Career and Technical Education Center holds up a sample of his work. (Photos courtesy of Bruce Mochamer)
Thanks to Ben Emery, Advanced Metal Fabrication student, for his beautiful metal work.
Marvelous Metal Work: Mt. Blue student creates gift of decorative sign hangers
Posted by Bobbie Hanstein • October 23, 2014
FARMINGTON – While the new Mt. Blue Campus now gleams with the latest in building construction and technology, a recent upgrade has the unique distinction of being entirely designed and handcrafted by a current student.
Ben Emery of Vienna, a metal fabrication senior at Foster Career and Technical Education Center, took on the project of designing and making specialized metal brackets for street signs that announce the campus code.
On light poles along the entrance driveway to campus four signs each carry the two-word message: “Be here, be safe, be responsible, be respectful.” Graceful metal scroll work above and below each sign was handmade by Emery, along with the brackets. Since the street signs arrived with its message on only one side, he decided to add his own “Home of the Cougars” on the other side.
The campus code signs had been ordered and came with “cheap brackets,” Principal Bruce Mochamer said. Emery’s metal fabrication instructor, Rob Olsen, mentioned the poorly-made brackets.
But, it was Emery, Mochamer said, who decided on his own to take on the project and create something better for the signs.
Over the next weeks, a lot of design work then cutting, welding, bending, testing, recalibrating, bending, testing, and polishing went into each sign hanger. A coat of paint was followed by a rubberized coating “to give it that old iron texture look,” Emery explained.
Although his experience thus far in metal fabrication class included making a sap boiler last spring and helping with welding repairs on a tractor this fall, the sign hanger project was an all-encompassing, hands-on project he worked on alone.
“It (the project) was all Ben,” Olsen said. “He designed it, forged it, built it and installed it.”
The project took him about 30 hours of work over four weeks to complete.
“It’s outstanding,” Mochamer said of Emery’s work. “I love it. Having a student take ownership, create the whole design and make it. It was student-created, student-generated and it just shows you what our students can do.”
It comes as no surprise that the metal fabrication class is Emery’s favorite.
“It’s really fun and I like it because there is always more than one way to do it,” he said.
Mt. Blue High School senior Ben Emery shows the other side of the sign which reads Be Here, the first ine of the Campus Code: Be Here, Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful.