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Bob Tuftee

Bob Tuftee has been blacksmithing almost 30 years now. "I started out making ironware for my camping gear doing Mountain Man rendezvous events." Bob lives in LeClaire, Iowa, and has done all kinds of blacksmithing, including forge work for his company; Upper Mississippi Valley Mercantile Company. He has sold to re-enactors across the country and has also sold ironware to movie and production companies. He has been the village blacksmith at Pioneer Village in Scott County Park for the past 25 years, plus doing teaching/ workshops at the Galena, Illinois, Blacksmith Museum Shop. Bob is an active member of ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America), IVBA (Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association), and UMBA (Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association), and he is currently a board member of UMBA. He has taken several advanced blacksmithing classes throughout the years. Most all of his blacksmithing work is done in a coal forge. Bob retired in 2012 from his company and Alcoa. He worked almost 45 years in skilled trades as a millwright and certified welder, the last 28 at Alcoa, in the Davenport area.

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