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Want to be a blacksmith? There's a Forge for that

Strike while the iron is hot.

It's one of the first lessons students learn at Lawless Forge.

The old-world blacksmith studio in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood gives everyone the chance to pick up a hammer and turn hot steel into a finished product.

At Lawless the focus is on team events, either with colleagues or friends and family. We've been told more than a few people have gone on dates there too.

"Our students come in and make knick-knacks," said blacksmith Max Levi. "Anything from chopsticks to wasabi bowls to bottle openers. Horseshoe knives. Anything really. If you can come up with it, we can make it here."

According to Levi, a good blacksmith must have finesse, skill and patience. All attributes that can be strengthened at Lawless Forge.

"The youngest age we've had come in here was eight-years-old, and the other day I had a lady come in who was 74," he said. "You need no prior experience to come in. In fact, I encourage people who've never done this before to try. You'll be surprised what you can do."

Classes run anywhere from one-and-half to three-hours. At the end, you'll walk away with a hand-forged item to take home, and the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself.

For class information or to learn more, visit the Lawless Forge website.