About

With over 40 years of combined metalworking experience, Matt Jenkins and Karen Rudolph use traditional tools and techniques while designing to fit modern day needs for the home, cabin, kitchen, and garden. Dedicated to the design process, Matt and Karen work with clients to build custom crafted works.

Matt Jenkins

Matt Jenkins spent childhood watching his father craft the world around him as nights and weekends were spent building a log home. As a young adult, Matt worked in the blacksmith shop at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site as well as the home forge on the family farm outside of Selkirk, Manitoba, the same location where he forges today.

Having picked up a hammer up at an early age, Matt feels at home in a room full of tools and around an anvil. Over the past 25 years, he has honed his skills and 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.

Using handtools and early industrial equipment, Matt creates designs with the timeless feel of handmade work. Throughout the year, he leads workshops at Cloverdale Forge, teaches at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and demonstrates at the Festival du Voyageur.

Matt Jenkins CV

Demonstrations and Teaching

2004 – 2015
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina
“Contemporary Concepts, Traditional Techniques – Blacksmithing Design”
“Was Your Grandfather a Blacksmith? – Basic Blacksmithing”
“Let there be Light! – Forged Candlesticks”
“Heat and Beat – Blacksmithing Basics”

2002 – Present
Festival Du Voyager, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Restoration and reproduction of artifacts while educating the public on forging techniques.

2013
Western Development Museum, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Advanced blacksmithing workshop to interested smiths from Saskatchewan.

2004
Alabama Forge Council Tannehill Conference, Birmingham, Alabama
Lead demonstrator on the process of forging maritime iron

1995-2001
Parks Canada’s Lower Fort Garry, Selkirk, Manitoba
Reenactment blacksmith, educated the public on the techniques for reproducing artifacts used in the Manitoba region during the 1800’s.

2004
Alex Bealer Blacksmithing Group, Canton, Georgia
Demonstrated how to make a forge welded trivet to the Alex Bealer Blacksmith Group.

2004 & 2013
Chattanooga ABANA Chapter Meeting, Chattanooga, Tennessee
In 2004 demonstrated how to make a forged folding fork. In 2013 discussed design concepts and how the use of different punches can give iron life like qualities.
2005
Central Tennessee ABANA Chapter Meeting, Morrisburg, Tennessee
Demonstrated historic reproductions and discussed design concepts.

Awards and Honors

2015
World Forging Competition, Stia, Italy
First Place in the Design and Drawing Competition

2013
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Award Artistic Achievement Award Trophy Design

2011
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina
Winner of the Clay Spencer Blacksmith Shop Sign Design Competition

2009
World Forging Competition, Stia, Italy
Honorable Mention

Professional Experiences

1994 – Present
Cloverdale Forge, St. Andrews, Manitoba
Design and build custom foreged art and architectural elements.

2004 & 2013
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina
Participated in the annual Blacksmith Work Week

Group Exhibitions and Events

2012 – 2015
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Handmade Village juried festival

2012 – 2013
The Harvest Sun Music Fest, Kelwood, Manitoba
Kelwood Music Festival craft vendor

2010
Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Craft Council Holiday Sale

2010
Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
For the Love of Craft juried exhibition

2008
Cre8ry, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Scapes

2002
Manitoba Craft Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba
17th Annual spring juried exhibition

Education, Scholarships and Fellowships

2000-2001, 2002-2003
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina
Student Host responsible for the well being of class participants while expanding my working knowledge of blacksmithing.

2002
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina
Received the Francis Whitaker Educational Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Blacksmithing.

1999
McGill University, Montreal, QC
Bachelors of Engineering

Affiliations

2002 – Present
ABANA – Artist Blacksmith Association of North America Manitoba Craft Council

Karen “Rudy” Rudolph

A friend introduced Karen Rudolph to blacksmithing in the late 1990’s; she made a hook and was forever hooked on the forging process. In the early 2000’s she honed her metalsmithing skills and gained an appreciation of how metal reveals its personality with each hammer blow while studying alongside a variety of master smiths at the John C. Campbell Folk School located in Western North Carolina. These experiences lead to a diverse portfolio, one that fuses classic designs and modern sensibilities. Her inspiration is informed by travel, microscopic images of the natural world, and items originally designed for one-time-use.

Before joining Cloverdale Forge she worked as an arts administrator, directing the Craft Program at Warren Wilson College and as the Resident Blacksmith at the John C. Campbell Folks School.

Rudy Rudolph CV

Education

2002-2016
John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)

  • Tool Making – Allen Kress
  • Basic Knife – Chuck Patrick
  • Hand Tools, Jigs, and Fixtures – Paul Lundquist
  • Making Tongs for Your Shop – David Tucciarone
  • Seven Weeks of Traditional Joinery – Clay Spencer
  • Two Weeks of Traditional Joinery – Bob Becker
  • 19th Century Smithing, Shaker Style – Michael Saari
  • Hooks, Pokers, and More – R.J. Hadle
  • Critters – Joe Miller
  • Door Knockers – Doug Hendrickson
  • Steel Repoussé, Chasing, and Colors – Mindy and Mark Gardner
  • Colonial Lighting – Jerry Darnell
  • Shaker Blacksmithing – Walt Scadden
  • Basic Helmet – Joe and Jenna Piela
  • Renaissance Key – Tom Latane
  • Repoussé Techniques – Wendell Brossard
  • Tinsmithing – Harry Kruppenbach
  • Metal Chest – Clay Spencer

1998-2002
Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)
Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Double major in Business/Economics and Outdoor Leadership
  • Minor in Environmental Education

2003
Big Blue Weekend (Mooresville, NC)

  • Power Hammer School – Zeevik Gottlieb

2002
Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC)

  • Basic Blacksmithing – Nana Schowalter
Professional Experience

2002 – 2014
Rude Rock Designs (Chattanooga, TN)

2002 – 2014
Rude Rock Designs (Chattanooga, TN)
Owner, Designer, and Creator of original forged and fabricated artwork

2002 – 2004
Resident Blacksmith at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
Coordinated year-round educational blacksmith shop

2000 – 2002
Warren Wilson College – Blacksmith Crew Coordinator (Ashville, NC)
Created and developed blacksmithing program
Designed and built 20X30 timber frame blacksmith shop

Exhibitions

One/Two Person Exhibition:
2004 Warren Wilson Gallery in Groove Arcade (Asheville, NC)

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014
4 Bridges Arts Festival, curated exhibition (AVA, Chattanooga, TN)

2012
Jewels: Small Works, curated invitational exhibition (Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN)

2012
Second Invitational, curated invitational exhibition (Front Gallery, Chattanooga, TN)

2011
Edge of Night Erotic Art Show, curated invitational exhibition (Ex Nihilo Winery, British Columbia, Canada)

2009
Body Bazaar, curated invitational exhibition (Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, MA)

2008
Surface Issues, curated invitational exhibition (Chattanooga, TN)

2008
Passages curated invitational exhibition, visual interpretation of literary fragment by Harper Lee (Chattanooga, TN)

2007
Created Here @ Loft 206 curated invitational exhibition (Chattanooga, TN)

2006
Fiesta Exhibition (Larena City Hall, Siquijor Island, Philippines)

Teaching, Lectures, & Demonstrations

2011
Townsend Atelier (Chattanooga, TN)

2011
Townsend Atelier (Chattanooga, TN)
Beginner Tin Can Art workshop

2005
Jasper High School (Jasper, IN)
Presentation and demonstration to the Jasper High School Gifted and Talented Arts Program 2004 Studio Assistant in Metcalfe Roush Forge and Design Studio (Brasstown, NC)

2002 – 2004
John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
Assisted Clay Spencer in Treadle Hammer Use and Tools
Assisted Charley Orlando in Blacksmithing Fundamentals
Assisted Elmer Roush in Iron with Personality
Assisted Galvin Harris in Tool Making

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