My lady is pretty spectacular in the gift-giving department. She’s got a knack for paying attention to my quips and thoughtless rambling throughout the year, and she’ll surprise me with things that I had specifically mentioned that I wanted (but had forgotten all about!). She’ll do this all without ever having to ask me, or even generally hinting at what I should expect – and this past Christmas was no exception.
Brownie points – over.
I got my gift from Kim in the form of a tiny envelope. Upon opening it, I was thrilled to find a gift certificate for a 2 hour private lesson for something I’ve always wanted to learn – MIG welding! I’m totally fascinated by the idea of joining two pieces of metal together with additional hot metal and an electrical current (isn’t everyone?), and this past Saturday I finally got the chance to put it to practice. We grabbed a quick breakfast and headed to MidWest Metal Works armed with my voucher and a set of flame retardant coveralls that I “borrowed” from the stockroom at work.
We were greeted by Steve, the proprietor of MWMW, and were ushered into a garage full of a half dozen vintage motorcycles and all the welding equipment you could ever want – or need! Steve is a great teacher and has a knack for explaining things in a way that is easy to understand and can quickly put into practice. I left feeling very accomplished and am now comfortable saying: I know how to weld!
Kim came along to document (yup, she wore the welding helmet, too), and all told, this was an all-around fantastic experience. I’m anxious to get to the second class, which focuses on joinery and more advanced techniques – at which point, I could become a welding hobbyist; fancy, right? While I’m not quite ready to fabricate my own furniture or build a bicycle, I can say that I could repair the metal legs of a broken chair or table in a way that would be safe, functional and fun to do. Who has broken metal things? I’d like to fix ‘em.
Three cheers for hot metal!
PS… Kim found MWMW with a quick Yelp! search, read the glowing reviews, bought the session, and called it a day.