Halfway though the program, I had learned enough in two weeks to dabble with a few projects of my own and my kid's truck already had a tube bumper in the works. Week three opened up with the next logical step and had us working with holesaw-style tubing notchers and hydraulic benders. Hours were spent bending and fish mouthing tubes so they would fit properly over other tubes and at some point form the foundation of a roll cage, chassis member, or even a simple tire rack. Week three, day two saw the class doing a TIG review, suspension review, and a final test of notching skills. The tempo was relentless, but never overwhelming. Clearly in the home stretch and already planning more ambitious projects, we were split into groups and asked to measure out a fellow student's truck for a simple roll bar. The project would encompass several of the techniques we had learned, but in a more "real world" situation and would also incorporate pattern making and scale modeling. The eventual result was a half-scale roll bar that was critiqued for bending symmetry and fitment. The last task was much harder than it looked, and was a real eye-opener as to the critical nature of proper use of a tape measure. Four weeks had passed in a blink of an eye, yet my skill arsenal had grown more than I could have imagined. The course opened my eyes to the fundamentals and allowed me to learn in a month what I would have spent the next several years attempting to pick up on my own, and without all the wasted time and metal. For that alone, it was definitely worth the price of admission. Although my garage isn't quite the race shop I had dreamt of, it's getting closer by the day and I owe much of the credit to my new friends at The Fab School and a much appreciated fabrication education.