ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Home improvement show ‘This Old House’ was filmed at the capital region’s BOCES on Thursday. The show filmed a segment featuring welding and fabrication student Francesco DelGallo, who is a high school student from Schalmont.
Evan Williamson, a teacher at Schalmont High School, asked DelGallo to use his welding skills to set some goals for a backyard ice rink. Williamson is rebuilding the rink as part of the restoration of his 1864 home in Saratoga Springs that will be featured in “This Old House.” BOCES said that when the producers learned of DelGallo’s work on the lenses, they wanted to include him in the series.
The eight-person production team spent five hours on the BOCES campus filming DelGallo and his classmates for one episode. DelGallo spoke to “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor about his experience on the program and his future plans. He then taught O’Connor how to weld one of the hockey goals.
“It’s really cool. I really like welding and it’s cool to be able to show off my skills on a TV show. I never thought I’d be doing a welding demonstration on national TV,” said DelGallo .
DelGallo told O’Connor that he wanted to join the family pool business and how coming to the BOCES Capital Region was a life-changing event.
“I wanted to be a marine biologist. My goal was to get certified for scuba diving, which I am now certified in, and then go to college for it. I came to BOCES just to learn a skill to always have my back pocket, something to fall back on if I needed it. I started doing more welding and realized I didn’t want to be a marine biologist. Welding is my passion,” said DelGallo.
“I love what Francesco does and I’m happy to be able to do something to bring more young people into the trades,” said Christopher Ermides, producer and editor of ‘This Old House’.
Filming continues at Williamson’s. The episode is scheduled to air in late August on PBS.