Artist Talk with Matt Jenkins

Join Matt Jenkins for a talk about Cloverdale Forge and life as a Blacksmith.


Matt Jenkins

Having picked up a hammer up at an early age, Matt feels at home in a room full of tools and especially around the anvil. Over the past 25 years, he has honed his skills and learned traditional blacksmith techniques while studying under master smiths around North America.

Matt Jenkins is an internationally recognized award-winning blacksmith. In 2009, he and Paul Garrett received an Honorable Mention in the team category at the World Forging Championship in Stia, Italy. Returning to Stia in 2015, Matt took home the first place medal in Drawing and Design.

Matt has a reputation for highly crafted work and is extremely dedicated to designing and building each piece by hand. He leads small workshops at Cloverdale Forge, teaches at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and demonstrates at the Festival du Voyageur. Using hand tools and early industrial equipment, Matt creates designs with the timeless feel of handmade work.


Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, #366Hooks