Meet Rae Ripple, ‘Metal Shop Masters’ Resident Welder Chick

Don’t be fooled by the blonde hair and blue eyes… Rae can compete with the big guys in the competition thanks to her expertise with a welding torch.

During the first episode, Rae revealed her parents were both addicts and she ran away from home at the age of 14.

She had a daughter shortly after at the age of 17, but turned her life around thanks to welding.

“When I got into art, and welding and fabrication, I slowly started to become who I was supposed to be,” Rae says on Metal Shop Masters.

Rae is best known for her free-hand plasma cutting, which requires using a plasma cutting torch that takes pressurized air and an electrical arc to cut through metal.

“If you use it a lot, like I do, you can turn yourself into a human CNC. And that’s kind of what I’ve done,” she added. (For all the non-metal welders out there, CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control).

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