Dec. 5, 2022

Barbie the Welder: The Art of the Business and The Business of Art

Barbie the Welder: The Art of the Business and The Business of Art

“I’m only as good as the last thing I did, that’s the only thing that matters to me”

Is it the Art of the Business or The Business of the Art?

Today, the tale of a woman who started her trade career in a vocational program for auto mechanics then found her passion as a self-taught welder.

Listen for the aha moment when Barbie knows its not just something she made, it’s art. Now, she believes all tradespeople are artists.

Do you guys know Barbie has pieces in 15 different countries worldwide?

She’s not the type to tell you how to live, but as a community, she believes we need to honor our skills by making sure we’re compensating part for our time.

Michelangelo might have had a small army of sculptors under him but, not Barbie. Her creations, her hands! We get into some cool mentors in this one!

What a real pleasure we had killing an hour for this podcast. Please join us!

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Episode Notes

The Contracting Handbook podcast is all about the builders and skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen in the construction industry from all over the world. Here you’ll meet the tradespeople who took a leap of faith from working their craft to running the own construction company. You’ll meet people who left lucrative careers to enter the trades. For newcomers to running a construction business, there is a ton of advice on “how to” run your contracting company. For established contractors, you get to meet other industry leaders and get behind the scenes of their business and stay up to date with industry change. Mike Knoche, your host, keeps the conversation interesting. He’s been operating his contracting business for over 15 years in the oddly wonderful, Fairbanks, Alaska. Mike’s philosophy is “we are all experts in how we build where we live, but the business basics and business management are universal”. Join us for this global conversation on operating a construction company, mental health, cool projects, and construction industry progress.


Host: Mike Knoche

Website: The Contracting Handbook

Instagram: @thecontractinghandbook

Venmo: Mike-Knoche-1


Guest: Barbie The Welder

Instagram: @barbiethewelder

LinkedIn: Barbie The Welder