I have taught people welding before. It is pretty easy, I can teach you to weld in five minutes but I can't teach enthusiasm or learning to deal with the dirt. Welding is messy, dirty and noisy. You have to want to do it or it just doesn't happen. Like most learning in life.
It is fun to watch her. She totally gets lost in her creations, all in a good way. Focused and caring, each bend and weld better than the last. She has made a lot this summer spending four or five hours every day at my shop, churning out trellises and plant stands, benches and garden art.
Next weekend is "The Art Show" and a 10' x 20' space I was talked into at the last show I did. I have done so many of these over the years, probably a hundred! This one will be hers and I will have nothing there, except maybe my apprentice herself! That could be my best art ever!
Oh, I am sure she always had it in her, I just pushed and nudged and she fell right into it.
This whole experience reminds me of when I was a teacher and that question good teachers ponder. Do you teach the student or do you teach the subject? I never felt the subject was that important and my job was encouragement, providing a flashlight in the dark.
What a great experience!