Tim Gautreaux is a great storyteller, who excels in his short stories. He has his own world, that of Louisiana, which he knows and describes in great detail, and a special attunement with machines of all kinds and their use, which he describes masterfully and without boring the reader, as they are part of the plot. In Welding with children, there are eleven independent stories that are brought together. He presents us with very ordinary characters, with virtues, defects, young people, old people, mature men and women, etc. They are protagonists full of humanity, even in the "bad guys" there is something that moves to compassion or even apology, because life is not easy. There is, in addition, a Catholic background exposed with naturalness. And then there is the quality of the prose, very lively, varied, colorful, with good descriptions, excellent dialogues, touches of humor.
The author is a master of similes or comparisons, original and surprising. In this book, the themes of the stories are varied, but in some of them the emphasis is on the elderly (some suffer from senile dementia), on the relationships between the elderly and grandchildren, on the value of family roots, etc.