Cold winter months in a motorsports shop opens up gaps between jobs and delivery of rare, expensive vehicles to work on when one must consider weather and road conditions. I’ve had the idea for some time to build a one-off custom welding helmet for myself. This idea primarily went along with my obsession for modifying everything and putting my touch on my immediate surroundings and belongings. Being a huge Star Wars nerd, I didn’t need to look too hard for inspiration, so when I found the time in January, I built an “out-of-this-world” face shield. Little did I know what the fallout would be. I’ve always been known for creativity, but it was focused in the racing and motorsports industry. Once this creation saw prime time on the Internet, I left the motorsports bubble and was rapidly propelled into an entirely different universe.