Kind of frustrated last night.
Instructor did a demo bead using filler rod. He did it at my station and I have the example in my locker. I'll take a pic tonight. His bead is very tall & narrow.
I knocked out my six beads, which I know are crappy, but I was trying to copy what he did. Wasn't until the end if the night, I realized on my own, the beads should be (convex on top and) much lower profile. Will work on that tonight.
I never liked this method of teaching. One demo with little or no explanation. Instructors and good welders all tell me the same thing. "Takes years." "Just takes lots of practice." Etc. Of course it does, with no detailed instruction. Traditional Judo dojos are the same way.
Yesterday, before school, I cut a strip of welding blanket about 1 x 3.5 feet. Folded it into a nice butt pad for the steel welding stool at my work station. Secured it to the chair with a small cargo net. Was finally comfortable for my boney ass. I think that's why the instructor demo'd at my work station.
Generic pic of the work light I'm using. Husky 1500 Lumen LED Rechargeable. So far, it's awesome. Highly recommend it.