Appalachian Professor Directs Season Four of ‘A Craftsman’s Legacy,’ Premiering Sept. 9

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:15 am

Dr. Kelly Davis, director of “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” pictured left with show host Eric Gorges on location in Texas. Davis is an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Communication. Photo submitted by A Craftsman’s Legacy / Hammer in Hand Productions

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Kelly Davis, assistant professor of electronic media/broadcasting in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University, returns to “A Craftsman’s Legacy” to direct his second season. The show, now in its fourth season, will premiere on UNC-TV (WUNE locally) Saturday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. and follows host and renowned metal shaper and motorcycle builder Eric Gorges as he continues his quest for America’s finest craftsmen.

A consultant for the show starting in season two, Davis has been on faculty at Appalachian since 2012. His teaching specialties include video and short film production and editing.

“Working on this show has been an inspiring experience, learning how people carry on centuries-old handcraft traditions,” he said. “Their process is not so far removed from how I teach my students to craft their work, using skill and technical expertise but also keeping in mind the history of what came before us in our art.”

Season four will include 13 episodes following craftsmen and women working around the country. From creating a pair of jeans to a pair of skis, handcrafting the hats and spurs cowboys have worn for generations, producing a copper still and more, each episode spotlights a unique craft, delving into its history and the importance of that craft as it is practiced in America today.

“A Craftsman’s Legacy” is produced by Hammer in Hand Productions and is distributed nationally by American Public Television. For more information about the series, visit http://www.craftsmanslegacy.com.

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