This month we sit down for a little Q&A with our All-Pro Team resident welder, Shaun Bird – otherwise known as Birdman The Welder.
Shaun is an “A” level pressure welder and fabricator who got his taste for metalwork in a custom automotive shop building lowriders and 4×4’s. He and his wife Leanne live in a beachside community just outside of Vancouver, BC with their blind rescue pup named Peanut.
Keep reading to learn why Shaun loves OLFA, his go-to Karaoke song, who he would like to be stranded on an island with, and his favorite guilty pleasure.
How did you get your nickname?
I was called Birdman as a kid growing up, mostly just because my last name is Bird, and it stuck.
Welding and OLFA are not an obvious fit – why do you love OLFA?
Olfa products are quality made, built to last, and a safe product. The knives come in handy for all the obvious uses around our shop, but when it comes to metalworking specifically, we use them as scrapers, to deburr metal edges, as well as marking/engraving.
How long have you been using OLFA?
I was introduced to Olfa knives when I was a kid, watching my dad use them regularly as a drywaller – and I’ve used them for my entire trade career, so over 20 years now.
Which is your favorite OLFA tool and why?
MXP-AL is one of my favorites because it’s rugged and strong and can take a bit of abuse around the shop.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done with an OLFA?
We were in a bind at the end of an onsite job and unable to get at a hard to reach screw, so used the opening on an OLFA knife like a box-end wrench – worked like a charm.
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Forgot about Dre by Dr. Dre
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Whatever the biggest one is.
Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island with?
My wife, although she might be angry if I took her to a deserted island. My dog would be a close second.
What is one thing you will never do again?
Lose my virginity
What is your guilty pleasure?
Cigars – acquiring, collecting, and smoking them. It actually led me to building limited edition steel ashtrays.