Hmm, pics are on my home computer, might dig those out later.
As for learning how to weld, check your local city-college. They typically have lots of night & vocational classes on welding. Start with gas oxy/acetylene welding for historical reasons, then move onto MIG & TIG welding. MIG's easiest and quickest to pick up for home welder and gives good results. TIG requires more practice and skill, but provides the nicest and strongest welds.