Our Ambassadors

Nate Bowman  Vancouver, Washington

Director of Welding Optimization and Education at Central Welding Supply | The WeldScientist on Instagram

I've been welding since high school, so for 18 years now. I got into welding while watching shows like Monster Garage and Mythbusters.

Started doing production work in 2010 building stainless steel washing machines, moved on to other general welding and fab jobs, stainless pipe, handrails, and ornamental iron.

In 2015 I began working in the industry's welding research side and became fascinated with the science behind welding. I currently hold CWS, CWI, and CWE from the American Welding Society.

It's so important to be comfortable and safe while welding. As someone that is constantly searching for perfection, I choose Up In Smoke as my go-to personal protective equipment.

Nate Bowman CWS CWI CWE
Instagram @WeldScientist

Jacob Schofield

Idaho Rig Welder

My name is Jake Schofield. I'm the owner of Schofield Welding LLC and a rig welder from Idaho that travels a lot of the western United States. But I spent most of the last five years in Colorado. I have been a welder for the last ten years, primarily in the oil and gas industry.

How I got involved in the welding industry? I basically fell into it. I was a horse trainer apprentice in Fort Worth, Texas, making nothing for money. I roped with a gentleman who's brother needed a welder helper. The rest is history. I started saving money, putting a tool list together, and then broke out on a pipeline job in the middle of January.

Up In Smoke gear has been bar none, some of the best gear a guy can buy. The technology that goes into it to make a lightweight shirt or jacket that will stop sparks day in and day out saves a lot on your arms. They're really well-built leather Thorax hoodies are some of my favourites, especially for cold winter days. The leather stops sparks and stops the wind from cutting through you: fewer layers and more comfort. I just recently got in a new set of Up In Smoke pants, and these are some of the most comfortable, deep-pocketed and stretch in all the right places. The most well thought out pair of work pants a guy can purchase.

I am proud to be an Up In Smoke ambassador. First, the company comes from a welding background. They know what is needed because they have experienced it themselves. Second, the best gear is made by people that care and Up In Smoke cares. They are great to work with and stand behind their gear. That's why I'm proud to be an Up In Smoke Ambassador.

Ryan Nierop

My name is Ryan Nierop, and I'm from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I grew up in a welding family, my dad is a rig welder, and my brother-in-law is a welder, welding inspector, and vessel inspector. I'll work on pressure vessels, pipe welding, fitting, structural, anything to do with welding. I like Up In Smoke Welding gear because it's the most comfortable gear around and it's top quality.

I like to support Mac because I love the gear, and he's doing it without cutting any corners. I respect his passion, hustle, and his integrity. A real stand up guy and welding gear company.

Sam Hackman  Myerstown, Pennsylvania

Welding full time for 14 years

I was exposed to welding at an early age by my father, who worked at quarries and ran his own welding business. I ran my first bead on a tractor hitch in his garage at eight years old. He's definitely the reason I got into the trade, and he is also the manager at the company I work for full time. We mainly work at asphalt plants, concrete plants, and quarries, but we occasionally do work at power plants and food-grade work as well. We handle everything from maintenance and general fabrication work to tearing entire plants down, moving them to different places and putting them back up.

I run my own welding and fabrication business on the side as well. Mostly food grade parts, custom furniture, fire trucks, and hydraulic cylinders.

The reasons I like Up In Smoke gear are the same reasons that I'm proud to be an Up In Smoke ambassador. Up In Smoke gear is designed and made by a welder for welders. Mac knows what areas need extra protection and where it doesn't so the gear can still be light enough to move comfortably. I'm proud to wear clothing that I know is made in North America with North American Materials. When you hold Up In Smoke gear in your hands, you can clearly tell the difference in quality from other brands.

Stephen Marshall Plainville, MA

Construction- Heavy Equipment Repair, Welding, Line Boring, metal fabrication

My stepfather was a textbook 50's greaser who was always building hot rods and choppers in the home garage. So, as I grew up, I watched him braze, oxy/acetylene and arc weld and constantly modifying things. So at a young age, I started trying to modify bicycles, dirt bikes and 4-wheelers, and at that point, I always knew I wanted to be some sort of mechanic. But as I became older, it seemed like I always ended up behind a welding hood at the jobs I had, whether it was working at a gas station/car wash or at car restoration shops.

Eventually, I joined the military and trained as a Bradley and an M1 Abrams tank mechanic, which ultimately lead to my 26-year career as a heavy equipment mechanic. In addition to being the lead mechanic, I'm the primary welder and metal fabricator for WES Construction, a large family-owned company serving Boston and surrounding areas.

The comfort, quality and styling of Up In Smoke welding gear are unparalleled. The clothing is hand made with the finest materials sourced in North America. With the welder in mind, every detail has been carefully and mindfully thought out considering the end user's needs, whether it be dominant hand option, range and ease of movement, and even ventilation needs. Up In Smoke Apparel demonstrates its commitment to welders.

As a long-time consumer of Up in Smoke Apparel, it was quite an honor when asked to be an ambassador. Along with the other talented welders already on the Up In Smoke team, it's genuinely a pleasure to be part of something I really believe in.