Clayton is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, born in southern Alaska. His family moved to Washington State in 1996, where he has lived since. As a child he was insatiably curious about most everything, constantly asking questions, tinkering, and dismantling mechanical objects. After graduating from Western Washington University in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology, he spent several years in a variety of industries including as a chef. In 2017, he left his job as a chef to pursue blacksmithing full-time. Over the past two years Clayton has learned from incredible mentors and has found a community through the Northwest Blacksmith Association (NWBA), a 501(c)(3), founded more than 40 years ago. At present he serves on the NWBA board of directors and works full-time as a blacksmith in Ocean Shores, WA.