We Heart Handmade: Cloverdale Forge

There’s one-of-a-kind art, and then there’s one-of-a-kind art made from metal.

With over 40 years of combined metalworking experience, artisan blacksmiths Matt Jenkins and Karen Rudolph use traditional tools and techniques to forge modern-day pieces for the home, cabin, kitchen, and garden. We’re talking home decor and belt buckles to corkscrews and bottle openers, and everything in between.

In the latest edition of We Heart Handmade, meet the local makers behind Cloverdale Forge.

In two sentences or less, tell us a bit about what you do.

Cloverdale Forge focuses on preserving the craft of blacksmithing while designing to fit modern-day needs for the home, garden, kitchen, and cottage. We appreciate and strive to produce the best forged products made with hands, hammer, and anvil.

Bottle opener with Baltic birch plywood handle.

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What sparked your decision to become a maker?

Between the two of us, we have over 40 years of blacksmithing experience. Both of us were introduced to the anvil and quickly started learning the ancient craft of blacksmithing.

What was your most memorable experience with a customer?

We love working with customers that are interested in creating a truly one-of-a-kind piece of art for their home. Blacksmiths can twist and bend iron any way imaginable; when our clients understand that, that’s where the fun begins.

What advice would you give to a maker who’s just starting out?

Track all the time that goes into making your product. It will help once you go to set your prices.

We Heart Handmade is a weekly profile featuring the best artisans Manitoba has to offer. For more on Cloverdale Forge and the local makers’ scene, visit www.madehereforyou.com

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