Caleb Nolen

The Ploughshare Institute


Master blacksmith Caleb Nolen began learning blacksmithing at age 14, and for more than two decades has been a fixture at Heritage Forge. He continues to expand his skills, having recently studied under noted blacksmith Tsur Sadan, as well as at the renowned Gransfors Bruk Forge in Sweden (learning traditional axe making). Nolen crafts both tools and custom furniture and received recognition by his peers with the 2010 Texas Furniture Makers Best of Show award. Nolen lives near The Ploughshare campus with his wife, Rebekah (a cheesemaking instructor at the institute), and two sons.

Caleb will be speaking at the Texas Fair.


Check It Out!

Hand forge a Utility Knife

Starting with a section of automotive coil spring and using nothing but hand tools, Caleb Nolen teaches how to make a simple all-purpose knife that's ready to use on the farm, in the shop, or in the kitchen.
Modern Homesteading

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Texas, Sunday 1:00-1:30 p.m., The Ploughshare Institute Stage
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