Matt spent his childhood in a construction zone as his parents and siblings constructed a log home. His dad introduced him to blacksmithing, although, as most teenagers, he stayed away from his parents’ interests. That attitude changed when he landed a summer job in the blacksmith shop at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (Saint Andrews, Manitoba).
Having picked up a hammer at an early age, Matt feels at home working beside 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 received an Honorable Mention in the team forging at the World Forging Championship in Stia, Italy. Returning to Stia in 2015, Matt took home first place in the Drawing and Design category.
Using hand tools and early industrial equipment, Jenkins creates handmade designs with a timeless feel. In addition to daily forging, he regularly demonstrates for the local blacksmith community; he also leads forging workshops at Cloverdale Forge (Saint Andrews, Manitoba) and has taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, North Carolina) and the Center for Metal Arts (Johnstown, Pennsylvania).