Forging a Bottle Opener

July 9, 2022

Schedule: 1-5 pm Sat

Instructor: Bob Tuftee

Registration Deadline: June 27

Purchase one Woodlanders Day Fee for each day you plan to participate in the Woodlanders Gathering.

Description

Forge a unique bottle opener that you will use time and time again. Students will add decorative cuts and grooves to the openers and Bob will have number and letter stamps if you choose to put a name and date on them.

Class size 8

Student Supply List
Wear work clothes and closed shoes.

  • Materials Fee $5

Instructor

Photo of Bob Tuftee

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 business, Upper Mississippi Valley Mercantile Company. He has sold to re-enactors across the country and has also sold ironware to movie and production companies.…Read More

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 business, 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, Davenport, Iowa, for the past 25 years, plus teaching and leading workshops at the Old Blacksmith Shop at the Galena History Museum in Illinois. 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 is currently a board member of UMBA. He has taken several advanced blacksmithing classes throughout the years. Most of his blacksmithing work is done in a coal forge. Bob retired in 2012. He worked almost 45 years in skilled trades as a millwright and certified welder, the last 28 at Alcoa in the Davenport area.

Workshops

Blacksmithing 101 – June

Blacksmithing 101 – September

 

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

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Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.

Woodlanders Saturday

Did you remember to purchase your day fee?

Add the $115 Woodlanders Day Fee for Saturday to your cart, then select as many Saturday workshops as you wish, ensuring that your choices don’t overlap times. Materials fees listed at the end of each workshop description will be added to the shopping cart as you make your selections.

Day fees include: your choice of workshops, lunch, snacks, beverages, and evening activities. Thursday and Sunday registrants are welcome to attend evening events on Friday or Saturday.

Saturday, July 9, Workshop Schedule:

7:30-8:30                    Registration check-in

8:30-11:30       C01     Rustic Garden Bench: Max Kulick & Jim Arendt

8:30-11:30       C02     Silk Scarf Dyeing & Painting: Nancy Welch

8:30-11:30       C03     Soaps & Scrubs: Megan Kulick

8:30-11:30       C04     Ancient Gourd Vessel: Deb Ready

8:30-11:30       C05     Hypertufa “Shopping Tote” Planter: Carole Spelić

8:30-11:30       C06     Carve a Wood Duck in a Duck Box: Nick Scheuer

11:30-1:00                 Lunch on the Green

1:00-5:00        C07     Divided Shaker Carrier: Ann Ristow

1:00-5:00        C08     Twig Mosaic Table: Todd Kingery & Phil Nelson

1:00-5:00        C09     Rock & Bottle Rain Chain: Carole Spelić & Jamie Rogness

1:00-5:00        C10     Forging a Bottle Opener: Bob Tuftee

1:00-5:00        C11     Copper Rings: Cheryl Smeja

1:00-5:00        C12     Coke Box: David & JoEllen Wollangk

5:00-6:30                   Picnic on the Green

6:30-8:00                  Saturday Evening Fun Event

Workshop ID 22W190-C10 Catalog