Joe Neubauer (1921-2012) was an American metalsmith and artifact collector. Best known for pounding copper into Old Copper Complex artifact reproductions. In 1932, at age eleven, Joe discovered the 1804 North West Company post’s foundation and numerous artifacts in a plowed field on the Snake River.
Joe was a Minnesota pioneer in rediscovering manufacturing techniques used by ancient OCC people. His father was a 1870's pioneer blacksmith and through him learned the skills of metallurgy. Joe was a mentor and created OCC implement reproductions using "The Neubauer Process " a coppersmith's standard today. His makers mark brand "JAN" is stamped into his mid to later work. Joe's name and reproductions are instilled in the research and history of the OCC.