BY SHAWN ARRAJJ
PIECES OF ART John King, owner of JK Welding, said he considers every project he takes on to be a piece of art in its own way. KATY COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH CROSS
RINGING SINGING TREE
TOWNE LAKE BRIDGE
JKWelding constructed, delivered and installed a 50- foot cross for the Katy Community Fellowship Church in September. (Courtesy JKWelding)
King and his team constructed the Ringing Singing Tree, a 17-foot- tall, 20-ton wind powered sound sculpture, in 2015. The project is on display outside of Austin. (Courtesy JKWelding)
JKWelding was contracted to design and build the bridge near the Boardwalk at Towne Lake in Cypress. (Courtesy JKWelding)
JKWelding Big challenges motivate, inspire at local welding company F or John King, the namesake behind the Cy-Fair welding company JK Welding, no
King and his team operate two fabrication shops and a separate, segregated shop for stainless steel and aluminum projects, a necessity King said is meant to ensure pieces are not contaminated with rust. He described the business as a “one- stop shop,” capable of providing design, fabrication, coating, delivery and installation services. The day-to-day work for the business largely involves commer- cial projects such as piping systems, structural frames and eld welding. However, King said his favorite part of welding is the ability to be creative and think outside the box. “There’s more to welding than people think,” he said. “Everything we do at JKWelding is a piece of art.” The projects he is most proud of are the ones that involved solving
complex problems, he said, though he also takes on projects that inspire him personally. One such project involved building a 50-foot cross that would later be installed at the Katy Community Fellowship Church. Another involved helping an 85-year-old woman reconstruct a brass bench at her mother’s grave after it had been damaged, a project King said he did for no charge. Inspiring others is also a big driver for King, who said attends welding competitions and regularly donates equipment and provides expertise to Cy-Fair ISD students. “I like inspiring the kids and mentoring them because there are so many of them who want to grow up to do this,” King said. “We’re local boys and we like to support the local community.”
John King, owner of JKWelding, founded the business in 2005. (Shawn Arrajj/ Community Impact Newspaper)
project is too daunting. In fact, King said the more complex a project is, the more his interest is piqued. “We like being known for accepting the larger, harder, bigger projects that nobody else wants,” he said. King started welding in 1990 and launched JK Welding in 2005. He started the business in his garage before setting up smaller shops at a few dierent locations in Cy-Fair and eventually moving into his current location on FM 529 in 2015. Motorists might recognize the facility by the large projects that can be seen from the street, which have included an oil derrick, a pirate ship and a massive wind chime.
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