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Todd "Grizz" Mace
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Todd “Grizz” Mace was just like any other visitor to the O.K. Corral Museum, in Tombstone — except he took home a job as a souvenir. “They had been looking for a blacksmith to show people how it all works,” he says. “I had all the equipment, so the owner [and I] made a deal: He needed a blacksmith; I needed a place to work.” Despite it being a dying art form, Mace has been in the blacksmithing trade since he was a 5-year-old living on his family’s ranch in Idaho. “I would get home from school, change into my work clothes and head over to the blacksmith shop, where my granddad and uncle would teach me the safety part of blacksmithing,” he says. Over the years, Mace has found work plying his trade in Arizona and California. Four years ago, he was offered the job of resident blacksmith in “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Today, Mace hammers iron and steel over a 2,600-degree coal forge for as many as six hours a day, creating classic and custom pieces. And both of his sons are in the business, which gives him the most satisfaction: “It’s pretty much in the genes, you might say.” — Kathy Ritchie

For more information, call 520-457-3456 or visit www.ok-corral.com or www.macefamilyblacksmithing.com.

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