I've got a bunch of backlog threads I need to post, but the other thread reminded me to post this one:
My 7 year old daughter loves being in the shop. Lately I've been doing a bunch of welding, and she really liked putting on a helmet and watching me. She kept bugging me to teach her how to weld.
I was taking a TIG class at the time, so I asked my instructor if it was safe/responsible to teach a youngster to weld. His answer was that as long as they're able and willing to listen and follow directions...
So I gave Bella a set of gloves, and started at a bench with her sitting between my legs, so I could guide her hand. She caught-on scary fast
This was her first weld. Wouldn't pass an AWS cert, but she cherishes the coupon as a prized possession