Bill Alsop runs a portable grinder during the Night Hobby Welding class at Salina Area Technical College. Good-natured ribbing greeted Dr. Bill Alsop while displaying the adjustable three-legged stool he built from steel.

Accepting the challenge of using a TIG welder — requiring lots of practice — the retired gastroenterologist completed his project, acknowledging it was less than pretty and fell short of personal expectations.

The 67-year-old medicine man did suggest that the new perch smacks of some artisanal skill.