FRANKLIN TECHNICAL SCHOOL WELDING PROJECT
Local school’s new welding project
displayed at Cornerstone Ranch
Two hard-working students at Franklin County Technical School created the beautiful new wrought iron horse head decoration as part of a fundraiser to support the school shop’s Certification program. The students, Hunter Lanoue and Colby Merit, who raises and rides Morgan horses, built a total of five horse-head decorations over three days using one-quarter by inch-and-a-half steel, as well as tools such as a propane forge, scrolling dies, a 250 Amp Miller MIG welder, hammers, a tape measure, soapstone, clamps, angle grinders, files, and paint.
Students and their artwork at Franklin County Technical School
Franklin County Technical School is a chapter 74 Technical High School built in 1976. The school has experienced a dramatic increase in numbers and diversity in the past few years. Each grade has 16-18 students with about 30 percent non-traditional (which in this industry typically means non-male) students in Welding and Metal Fabrication. Their program, led by 11th and 12th-grade welding instructor, Lorin Burrows, includes sheet metal, structural steel, pipe welding, sculpture, robotics, a CoOp program, and the American Welding Society Level One SENSE certification. They are hoping for a new school in the next 5-7 years.
The Ranch’s horse-head decoration has a special place on the pavilion wall, where it will be enjoyed by horseback riding students and their families, sleigh riders, birthday party guests, and group outings.