Dempsy Calhoun has been a practicing sculptor,
designer and metalsmith for more than 30 years.
Educated at East Carolina University, he holds
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters degrees in
Sculpture and Design, respectively. His studio,
home gallery & sculpture gardens, known as
Metalmorph, are located on 15 acres near
Range of Services
Dempsy's sculpture is held in private, corporate and public collections throughout
the world. "Sum of the Parts," completed in 1998, may be viewed at the North
America Entrance to the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, N. C. His
work spans the range from custom crafted tools and hardware to pieces of
whimsy and sophisticated design. Whether the need is purely functional or
decorative, Dempsy's skills in both metals and design result in the perfect site-
specific solution. From the flicker of an idea to the installation of the final rivet,
Dempsy provides personalized attention to every detail.
Dempsy uses time proven metalsmithing techniques including hot and cold
hand forging, raising, sinking and chasing using traditional hammers, stakes
and anvils; cold joining methods such as twisting, wrapping and riveting; and
welding processes including gas, stick, mig and tig. When appropriate, high-
tech methods such as water jet and laser cutting are implemented. Heat and
chemical patination are used to supplement color and texture on metal surfaces.
To perfect the final finish, there is no substitute for the deft touch of small
hammers, chisels and files in a masterful human hand.
Architectural details and commissioned sculptures are priced based on $85 per
hour design time with a three hour minimum and $65 per hour shop
(fabrication) time. Expenses and applicable sales tax are also charged. In
many situations, a firm quote can be given.
A $255 payment to cover the minimum design time is required to commence
services. Generally, payment of 50% of the estimated balance of the total project
cost is due at the time of acceptance of the design proposal. For projects
estimated to total over $5,000, a second installment is required midway through
fabrication. The outstanding balance is due at delivery of the completed piece.
Dempsy R. Calhoun
s c u l p t u r e & d e s i g n
E l o q u e n t D e s i g n s b y a M a s t e r f u l M e t a l s m i t h