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January 15, 2016 edition of the Stettler Independent

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    VOLUME 14 NUMBER 03 FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016

    Pushing boundaries with metal and sculpting intricate works of art

    MOUSH SARA JOHNWEEKENDER REPORTER

    In one of the most un-expected of places, at the heart of Stettlers industrial area is a white quonset that has the most exquisite and ambitious metal art at the front a dinosaur, measur-ing 10 feet long and 6 feet tall at the tail, with the head being about four-and-a-half feet tall.

    We try and mix things up a bit, although originally this was Ryans idea, it was easy to get hooked on to these side projects, its a lot of fun, said Wayne Tebbe, owner of WTS Manufacturing. We had put together a smaller version of this for a client and painted it olive green, so we decided to put our skills together again and make something bigger.

    Tebbe employs Ryan Pinnock and Braydon Whiteford, partners in play for all the commercial and fun projects.

    Ryan found the drawing for different-sized dinosaurs and one day when it was a little quiet, we put a sheet of steel on our CNC Plasma table and a few hours later we had the 10-feet-long Velociraptor, said Tebbe.

    Although reserved and a man of few words, Whiteford is a hard worker and passionate about what he does.

    I started welding in school in about Grade 10 and have been interested ever since which made me apply at WTS, where Ive been work-ing now for over two years, said Whiteford. Since then, I have acquired many new skills here and techniques

    from my co-workers.Having fun with metal is

    second nature to Whiteford, who said, During welding in school, we would have small projects to work on usually, but one year I built a three-dimensional prop airplane, which I really en-joyed and that created in me a deeper interest in pur-suing metal craft, such as the dinosaur because it was something different than what we normally do.

    Tebbe is no novice, either, to the world of metal and welding, having started the craft at the age of 18.

    I have always loved work-ing with metal and really enjoyed being able to take a pallet of raw steel and be able to make something that is functional and works and has a purpose, said Tebbe. I welded for farm equipment manufactur-ers for about eight years in Saskatchewan, and then I went back to college to get my Business Administration and Marketing Degree be-fore I moved to Alberta in 2003.

    Although at fi rst Tebbe worked in sales for farm equipment and oilfield, about seven years ago, he bought a welder for their garage and did a few odd projects for himself and his neighbours.

    That sparked an interest in Tebbe to get more cre-ative.

    I then started doing some small-parts welding for a few companies, and after awhile I had to make a de-cision to either keep doing sales from 9-5 throughout the week, Monday to Friday and welding evenings and

    weekends or do this full time, explained Tebbe.

    Adventurous and a calcu-lated risk-taker, Tebbe slow-ly transitioned his part-time job into a full-time vocation in July of 2013.

    I think it was import-ant for me to pursue what I loved and so I made the move to quit my full time job and doing this full time fi nally, said Tebbe.

    Tebbes baby, WTS Manufacturing was born out of his need to chase his dream.

    WTS currently builds parts for hydrovac trucks, skid stands, as well as prod-ucts for Government of Alberta parks and repairs or just custom work for individuals, added Tebbe. People who know me have always asked if I could build

    certain things, customized to what they want and I always give it a try!

    Currently working on a few Star Wars cutouts, Tebbe likes to keep pushing the envelope every time he takes on a new project.

    We have always tried to make cool products, which could also be functional and more durable, so we use steel, aluminum and stain-

    less steel a lot, said Tebbe. In the last few months, weve built custom gates, fi re pits and vent covers.

    Tebbe prefers working with steel and has always found it easier than other material such as wood.

    Working with steel has always been easier for me than working with wood, so when we realized how we can do certain drawings and what we can do to make different items from coat hangers to wall art, weve been able to make just about anything, continued Tebbe. A lot of what we cut or built is from just wanting to build something custom and has never been seen before or done before, so its nice when you have the material and equipment to make whatever it is you want to make.

    It is Tebbes playful spirit and innovative mindset that has brought him a long way from just creating the usual commercial projects.

    You just have to think of what you want and make a plan to make it work, said Tebbe. Take a boring cold air vent and make a nice skyline and now you have a conversation piece.

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    Wayne Tebbe (right), owner of WTS Manufacturing is seen with Braydon Whiteford (left) and Ryan Pennock (centre) with one of their fi nest creations up-to-date, the dinosaur, at the WTS facility in Stettlers industrial area.

  • 2 THE WEEKENDER FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016

    Are you planning on leaving an estate? Part I

    Canadians less positive abouttheir fi nances than a year ago

    Alberta, Ontario and Quebec all see declines in their view of their current fi nances, while confi dence in the

    future grows in Manitoba and SaskatchewanCNW STORY

    As Canadians take stock of their fi nances for the new year, a recent poll by CIBC fi nds that two-thirds (69 per cent) of Canadians say they feel positive about their current fi nancial situation, down 5 per cent from a year ago, led by declines in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

    Key poll fi ndings include:Regarding current fi nances, 69 per cent of Canadians say

    they feel positive about their current fi nancial situation, compared to 74 per cent last year

    Alberta is now the least positive region in the country with just 62 per cent feeling positive, down 21 per cent from last year

    Sentiment in Ontario (68 per cent) and Quebec (71 per cent) is also lower in this years survey

    While Canadians 55 and older remain the most positive about their fi nances, they also saw the biggest decline in

    this years survey falling from 82 per cent a year ago to 74 per cent this year

    Looking ahead, 80 per cent of Canadians say they are con-fi dent they will meet their future fi nancial goals

    88 per cent of those surveyed in Manitoba/Saskatchewan believe they will achieve their fi nancial goals, the highest score in the country

    While many Canadians remain positive about their fi -nancial situation, some are feeling less optimistic than they were at this time last year, says Christina Kramer, Executive Vice President, CIBC. Whether you feel positive or have concerns about your fi nances, the new year is an ideal time to make changes so you feel prepared for the year ahead.

    Confi dence in meeting future fi nancial goals is lower in most regions, but remains strong

    Looking ahead to longer term goals, the poll also found that four in fi ve Canadians (80 per cent) say they are confi -dent they will meet their future fi nancial goals, down from 85 per cent in 2015