Thinking Backwards – Forging, Assembly, & Design


Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                    

Level: All Skill Levels

Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. – 5 p.m. )

Materials Included 

     This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.

     Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.

     “Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level”


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  • Matt Jenkins spent childhood watching his father craft the world around him. As a young adult, he worked beside his dad in the blacksmith shop at Lower Fort Garry. Having picked up a hammer up at an early age, Matt feels at home standing next to an anvil. Over the past 25 years, he has honed his skills by learning traditional blacksmith techniques while studying under master smiths around North America. Matt competed and placed at the World Forging Championship in Stia, Italy, in 2009 and 2015. In 2016, Matt tested his forging and design skills by making a unique hook each day of the year. Using handtools and early industrial equipment, Matt creates designs with the timeless feel of handmade work. When he is not working in his shop, he is teaching and sharing his knowledge of the craft.

Additional information


Private Room, Shared Room