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

The mission of CMA is to maintain a high-quality 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 21, 2024

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.

CforMA Conference 2023

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Forged in history: Metal arts center keeps tradition alive

February 24, 2024 JOHNSTOWN — While the big mills employing hundreds of people are long gone, the age-old craft of forging hot metal into tools and works of art lives on in the historic Cambria Iron and Steel complex, where the Center for Metal Arts occupies five buildings and brings in students from around the…

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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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