Little welder, big plans

Noah Hamson, 10, next to one of the crosses he’s created by welding together horse shoes. Hamson gave this cross to his school, Faith Christian.

Mille Lacs County Times

For 10 (and-a-half)-year-old Noah Hamson, learning to weld was something he’s had his heart set on for a long time — nearly a year.

It all started last fall. A friend and fellow Faith Christian School second-grader brought a piece of scrap metal he had welded to show his classmates.

“I thought it was really cool, so I kept begging my dad to show me,” he said.

Kelly Hamson, Noah’s dad, went to college for welding and knew his way around the shop. But it took a little prodding from junior for him to share his craft.

“I really wanted to weld, and finally, this year, my dad said, ‘Come outside and I’ll show you,’” Hamson said. “And I was like, ‘yes!’”

The younger Hamson isn’t certain how long his dad’s been welding.

“I don’t know — longer than I’ve been alive, probably. Since he was in college for sure,” he said.

But he is certain he has much to learn from his dad, and he’s eager to catch up in skill.

“He’s welded quite a few things, so he’s really good at it,” he said.

Welding is an art form, the way he describes it. And discovering the different creations that can be made from a little metal and a lot of heat create a different kind of sparks — those found in the eyes of an excited child.

“You can put together anything you want,” Hamson said. “And — most of the time — it stays together. I’m sure I could do almost anything with horse shoes if someone showed me a picture of what they wanted.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 19 print edition of the Times.