Barbie the Welder: The Journey

  • Published on Oct 17, 2017
  • Years ago Barbara Parsons was hauling scrap metal to make money and living in government subsidized housing. Today she is a world-renowned metal sculptor who creates art for people all around the globe.
    In the first part of our video series we cover Barbie’s journey into the welding profession, and what made her decide to take her life down this path.
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Comments • 28

  • Mike Sokolow
    Mike Sokolow 11 hours ago

    Pretty sad, the thumbs down people, but we pretty much know who they are.

  • drkling259
    drkling259 23 days ago

    Very inspiring story. I am retiring from the fire department and want to pursue arts and crafts. I have an inexpensive mig welder that I'm learning on. for brazing and small welds would suggest gas or tig. It would be for small things like trees with branches and small wire etc. Also, I noticed that at one time you were using the Vulcan by HF. how was did it work and any other suggestions. Keep it up, never quite hold on for your blessing.

  • John Mathews
    John Mathews Month ago

    Good on you I take my hat off to you much respect

    NEDSTAR06 2 months ago

    | 👀 | W E L D - O N ( Ǝ )

  • Kelly Blaze
    Kelly Blaze 4 months ago

    Carolina built for work,
    What's up Greensboro!!!!!!!!

  • Richard Hutto
    Richard Hutto 4 months ago

    You create some awesome work of art

  • Chika Diva
    Chika Diva 4 months ago

    Hi, i'm taking welding classes and i was looking for more information and i saw your video, wow, you are my new hero.

  • マッハkazuko
    マッハkazuko 5 months ago


  • Hayleigh Musick
    Hayleigh Musick 6 months ago

    your going to be my role model, I'm studying at buckeye hills career center adult for welding and I couldn't be happier I was youtubing ideas or female welders and u poped up thank you for your inspiring words :)

  • valerio artes
    valerio artes 7 months ago

  • George W
    George W 8 months ago

    You are an inspiration!! You have followed your dream and get paid for it too. You are an amazing woman.

  • bill forsythe
    bill forsythe 8 months ago

    that's so cool i love watching your video's. i have been doing this kind of stuff for yrs but not at your level 😎

  • Sky Chief
    Sky Chief 11 months ago

    Awesome story, I love hearing about how people discover welding and metal fabrication.

  • Abraham Bankhead
    Abraham Bankhead Year ago

    I love it. Welding really is the way to go.

  • Alvarez Metal Works

    Hello Barbie, fellow New Yorker and youtuber here. I'm up in Syracuse for a few more months. Buying a place about 30 north in Central Square. You're the first legit youtube welder that I've run acrossed in the area. I'm going to try and find you on FB. If you don't see a friends request from me search for me. Maybe we could work together on a few video projects?

  • BConText
    BConText Year ago +1

    Indeed ... I feel you....I’m looking forward to that....I’m surviving now, thank you, thank you for sharing part of your life as growing cool artist 📊🆘👊🏼!

  • cody lee
    cody lee Year ago

    I'm very thankful for your inspiration. I feel like you have reassured me that I am on the right track. I just have to keep pushing through the grunt work.

  • John Adams
    John Adams Year ago +2

    How can you not thumbs up this story!

  • alonso godoy
    alonso godoy Year ago

    God luck barbie

    ANAND kUMAR Year ago

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    If you want a helper. So call me. .
    Phone. 8930707238.

  • jzz
    jzz Year ago

    Hi barbie.
    I would love to build steel and wood furniture but I work a regular job.
    I make good money but I guess I would like to do it as a hobby

  • Rick Updike
    Rick Updike Year ago

    God bless you!

  • kamalesh karumanchi

    Hi I am interested to work with you, i have completed AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS ENGINEERING. having 4 years of experience. please contact me on

  • George Swindoll Jr.
    George Swindoll Jr. Year ago +3

    Very inspiring, may God continue to bless you and your family!!!!!!

  • maythamqader Shippep

    Gtaw it ok

  • Marty Pickering
    Marty Pickering Year ago +1

    Awesome! Glad to see and hear about others who believe enough in themselves to take the plunge into self employment. I wish you all the success in the world. Go and make the dream happen.

  • famasmaster2000
    famasmaster2000 Year ago +1

    Very inspiring ! I am self employed as well and its by no means an easy haul but when you believe in yourself and your abilities, you can be unstoppable. I wish for your continued success !

  • Roberto Vaz
    Roberto Vaz Year ago +1

    good girl