Center for Metal Arts

An educational program
deeply rooted in the traditions
and history of forging.

At the historic Cambria Iron & Steel forge shop in Johnstown, PA.

Center of Metal Arts

Who We Are

Our mission is to maintain a world-class educational forging program, providing the best equipped facility deeply rooted in the traditions and history of this craft, reaching and serving the broadest possible audience of artists, craftspeople and students in the U.S. and abroad. Core to this mission is the preservation through use of the historic Cambria Iron Company facilities in Johnstown Pennsylvania.

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Inspired by the Past – Forging the Future

September 17th, 2022

The Cambria Iron Conference is an event held at Center for Metal Arts in the historic Cambria Iron and Steel Blacksmith shop.

CMA’s mission is to renovate and refurbish the historic power hammers and tooling to make them available to be seen by the greater forging community and used by qualified professional blacksmiths. This event represents our first major step toward that goal by hosting an event open to the public and inviting a different artist every year to demonstrate.

Center of Metal Arts - Cambria Iron Conference

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1889 Foundation gives $250K grant to Center for Metal Arts

“The 1889 Foundation recently joined the ongoing collaborative effort to develop a full campus at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown by awarding a $250,000 grant to the academic institution.”

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Come Forge with Us

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert looking to hone your skills, we have a workshop for you. Check out our workshops to see what we have to offer or consider supporting our work to keep the forging tradition alive!

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