Born in Fuessen, Germany. Education in metals as journeyman mechanic and mechanical engineer. Emigrated to the US in 1968. Dietrich took smithing classes at the John C. Campbell Folkschool and started Big Bang Forge in 2004.
Past president of the Gwinnett Council for the Arts, member of the Artist Blacksmith Association of America and the Alex Bealer Blacksmith Association.
His work has been exhibited at the Madison Morgan Cultural Center and at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, and is featured in two books: Ironwork: Dynamic Details, and Ironwork Today 2; Schiffer Publishing.
Dietrich’s silver jewelry, furniture, sculpture, copper and iron creations are shown in the Globe Gallery, Clayton, GA and at the Sautee Nacoochee Center Gallery.