Dirt Artisans is staffed by veteran trailbuilders with a passion for designing, building and maintaining trails. We have the professional expertise to create world class trail experiences for the users of the trails we build and improve. Working with the natural features of the properties on which we build, we create flowing, functional, easy-to-maintain trails for long term use and enjoyment. As a member of the Professional TrailBuilders Association, we also contribute to the improvement of the trailbuilding trade through continuing education and mentoring of new trailbuilders.
Chad Irey has been a professional trailbuilder since 2012. His projects have become progressively larger and more challenging over the years and have ranged from building, improving and maintaining individual trails to developing entire trail systems in places like Devou Park, Kentucky; Jakes Rocks Trails in the Allegheny National Forest of Pennsylvania; and the Avalanche Preserve Trails in Northern Michigan. Furthermore, his experience working with the conservation community, such as the Cincinnati Nature Center in Ohio and the Whiterock Conservancy in Iowa, underscores his passion for sustainability and using trails to enhance protected natural lands.
Prior to founding Dirt Artisans, Chad was a professional carpenter and a lead volunteer with the Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance (CORA). For more than seven years, he trained CORA volunteer trailbuilders and coordinated CORA’s trailbuilding projects. He also served as the Chairman of the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association for two years and received in 2012 the Covington Outdoor Environmentalist Stewardship Award for his pioneering work in Devou Park.
After finishing school with an outdoor stewardship degree, Eric was hired by the National Forest Service to serve in the Daniel Boone National Forest. His responsibilities included trail construction and maintenance, forest fire training and obtainingl sawyer certification. But a stint in the bike industry as a store manager and lead mechanic had Eric longing to return to the outdoors. With his passion for the outdoors, attention to detail and a solid resume, Eric gives clients the best possible trail project experience.
Sam started his trailbuilding career at a very young age as a volunteer for the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. Residing in the Shenandoah Valley of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia allowed Sam to explore some of the best trails in the world firsthand and to develop a natural eye for sighting fish and catching forest waves.