Craft School

The vision of Cloverdale Craft School is to offer a place where one can experience, learn, appreciate and develop skills in a non-competitive, supportive environment. Individual expression and social interaction as part of a community are encouraged through music, art, crafts, gardening, cooking and dance.

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Please email to register your interest in a class. Deposit required to secure a class spot. Balance of course fee to be paid 30 days prior to class.

Cancellation Policy: Partial payment of deposit is refundable with cancellation in writing up to 2 months prior to course date, less $50 administration fee. Cancellations less than 1 month prior to arrival date are non-refundable. If course does not proceed, course fee will be refunded with no administration fee charged.

B&B is available for the Saturday night for a limited number of guests.  Please click here for B&B rates. Please see map for location or Contact us for more information.

Classes and Instructors:

We are affiliated with many talented artists and crafts people. If you have a particular craft in mind, please let us know. You can get your friends together for a wonderful weekend at Cloverdale Farm!

Basic Blacksmithing: A one-on-one basic blacksmithing course teaching students the fundamental skills in producing personal, metal art pieces. You will learn hammer control, fire building, metal temperature control & colour recognition, drawing out the steel and shaping. There are 4 projects planned over the weekend, 1 of which will be of the student’s own design.

Course Instructor: Matthew Jenkins is an engineer and award-winning Manitoba blacksmith, dedicated to the study of traditional methods of metal and wood construction.  He has received an Honourable Mention in the 2009 World Forging Championships in Italy, instructed at the John C. Campbell Craft School in North Carolina.  Matt was the Blacksmith at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site as well as annually attends the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg and teaches at Cloverdale Craft School.

Matt encourages creativity and enjoys teaching people traditional construction techniques, building on solid technical foundations while inspiring imagination.


If you have a specific course that you would like to see offered or would like to offer a course at our school, please email us at