Preserving our cultural heritage through the creation of traditionally hand-crafted, functional works of heirloom quality art, and inspiring in others a passion for The Craft through teaching and instruction.
I am David Burress, owner and head smith at Calerin Forge. I have been around metal working as long as I can remember. My Dad had a welding shop in front of our home and a Machine and Fabrication shop in town when I was growing up. My brothers and I all grew up working in the shop and on the farm, and I developed a love for both. I became interested in forging iron in the late ‘80’s having spent several years in industrial welding. I had studied fine arts at Western Carolina University and blacksmithing provided the vehicle to blend my knowledge of metal craft with artistic expression. I have been blessed to spend the last 20 odd years honing the craft that still has more mysteries and discoveries ahead than those I have mastered.
I have been blessed with a son, Caleb who works with me when he is able, and is a fine smith and knife maker in his own right. I have also been blessed with a daughter, Erin, whose talent as an artist has been a great help on many projects that needed special finishes or an artist’s eye to find the balance of form. Caleb and Erin, along with their wonderful spouses, have become some of my very closest friends.
I have the pleasure of sharing my life with the love of my life for over 30 years. Cecilia the beautiful and talented lady who helps make our lifestyle more sustainable with her frugal ways.
We strive to live simply and honestly, to be good stewards of the land God has given into our care, and to open our hearts and home to all the Lord sends our way.
So, if you have an idea or project you would like to pursue, or perhaps would just like to come to our shop to learn along with us, please feel welcome to contact us.
God bless you, David
Caleb Burress has been working and creating with his father, David, since he was old enough to stand on his own two legs. The ability that they share to communicate ideas and concepts with each other can only come from the bond of a father and son.
Caleb has over twenty years of smithing experience, as well as a knack for facilitating unique solutions where leathercraft is concerned.
Caleb applies the attitude and devotion of a life-long student to every aspect of his life, whether it be in the shop, in his garden, with his amazing, lovely wife Shayna, or playing music in his capacity as singer/songwriter/guitarist with his band “Soldier's Heart”. You can also follow Soldier's Heart, listen to their music, see videos and keep up with their schedule at Soldier's Heart website.