The country's youngest journeyman blacksmith fires up his forge.

His abba (Hebrew for father) hovers nearby, keeping tabs on the oldest of his five children. He says Asher Camire has a healthy sense of fear, but Yosef Camire can't resist reminding the 11-year-old to put on his safety glasses.

Into the 2,000-degree inferno goes a piece of metal destined to become a nail. When one end is crisped into flaming-red malleability, Asher pulls it out. He steps quickly to his anvil and hammers away, bending the metal into a household item in half a minute. The effort leaves him breathless.

"When I'm blacksmithing for fun, I find it relaxing," he said, "and when I'm angry, sad or upset, it calms me."

He bends to dig through a box of his metal creations: tongs, hooks, bookmarks, spiral keychains and the piece de résistance: a Bowie knife that used to have a wooden handle until a sibling got ahold of it. He peddles his wares during monthly farmers markets at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

The home-schooled Asher spends an hour or two every day laboring on his business, The Echo of the Anvil, in AJ's Blacksmithing Shop, a building he constructed when he was 9, using leftover materials from the assembly of Ahavah Farm, the family's organic, sustainable and biodynamic farm in Peyton.

He fell hard for the craft after encountering a blacksmith at a Denver fair when he was 7. He read books, tinkered and enrolled in classes at Kilroy's Workshop in Falcon, where owner Ron Hardman says his work ethic inspires other students.

Now, standing in his shop, surrounded by a drill press, metal grinder and band saw, all tools he bought, he points out an adjoining room. It will be his office someday, he says, and it's easy to imagine the affable boy easily making the leap to successful businessman.

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