I took a welding course at the local high school about 12 years ago, it was so fun, we had a great teacher and there were 6 adults in the class. Bruce taught welding there for 35 years, and was a friend of my husbands. I was the only female but that doesn't usually bother me. I was just starting to milk a heifer that was the worst thing to milk I ever saw, my neighbor and his son was coming over to help me with her, never had a cow take exception to milking like her, she was such a sweet cow. So I was late to class for about 2 weeks, Bruce was so good though, but he used to tell the guys that I was leaving them behind and most of the women he taught were way better then men in welding lol. It has been very useful on the farm, and one of the guys gave me an older behemoth of a arc welder, it works great, just heavy and not very moveable lol. Bruce retired 2 years later and sadly never got to enjoy his retirement, I remember all his plans, he set up a welding business at home, and got to work with his horses for a few months. He was diagnosed with cancer after 6 months being retired and passed away within a month.