A little while back, my son told me that he wanted to learn blacksmithing. So I looked around and found Adam's Forge, not far from us. We couldn't get into the next weekend introductory class, so we had to wait until this weekend to try it out. It's a four-hour class that goes over the basics of blacksmithing, including a lot about safety. He burned his finger once when he forgot that the metal was still hot, which I'm guessing is one of the most common rookie blacksmithing mistakes. They don't normally take kids under 12, but they said to just come and see how he did. He did great, had a fantastic time and wants to come back for more. Aram, our instructor was really great too and struck just the right balance between letting him figure it out himself and helping him along where more muscle was required.
Here's what he made:
Next time (if they do it again), "Viking Knife & 'Fork'".