Happy New Year!

Setting Rivets with Noah Wakefield

Greetings from Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown PA! I hope this finds everyone well as this holiday season draws to a close. As always, I am excited to reach out and share with you some of the exciting things that are happening in  2020.  In this newsletter I will highlight both our Scholarship and our Internship Program. 

I am thrilled to share with you that our 2020 workshop schedule is posted, open for enrollment, and courses are filling up fast!  We work hard to create an engaging curriculum consisting of workshops for all skill levels that represent a broad range of what forging has to offer.  

Center for Metal Arts in honor of the New Year holidays offers our customers to receive as a gift to our products, to receive additives based on .

We have scholarships available for both 1-week workshops and our six week “Forging Focus”


Forging Focus
 Tool Making and Applied Forgings 

Andy Dohner demonstrating some layout tips and tricks

The Forging Focus workshop is a six week intensive workshop in which students have access to our forging classroom 7 days a week.  It is a strong technique based workshop where students learn valuable skills both at the anvil and the power hammer. Full workshop description can be found here

As the title suggests this workshop places strong emphasis on tool making and how those forgings and techniques translate to all other areas of blacksmithing.  Tool making is fundamental to the blacksmiths development at the anvil and power hammer.  We will work hard creating lots of different tooling such as tongs, hammers, and hand tools then putting them to use at the anvil creating other works that revolve around traditional joiners techniques.  

There will be lots of emphasis placed on clean forgings and refinement both at the anvil and power hammer. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of open studio time to practice, experiment, and work on class projects.  This is a great experience for any blacksmith serious about developing their skill and who is looking for a solid chunk of time to focus on forging!

Scholarship applications can be found 

6 Month Internship Program 

Hammer making with Anna, Aaron, & Jesse

As you think ahead to 2020 please keep in mind that we are also offering one six-month internship from April through September 2020, so if you feel like immersing yourself in all the exciting programs CMA has to offer, want to grow your skills as a blacksmith and learn about what its like to run an educational blacksmith shop, perhaps this is the right program for you.

Our internship is ideal for the aspiring blacksmith who is self motivated and eager to lean and work.  This opportunity gives our intern plenty of open studio time to grow their skills as a blacksmith with unlimited access to our forging classroom and free housing during there time at CMA. We encourage our interns to work as much as possible during open studio time as we feel this combined with working with our visiting instructors is an invaluable asset we can offer someone who wants learn about forging. Our interns work closely with all of our visiting artists, audit and participate in workshops and help with all the necessary work behind the scenes that it takes to host blacksmiths, run quality workshops, and maintain an educational forging facility.  

Internship information and applications can be found

Observing a demonstration by Peter Braspenninx

Thank you all for your time, and thanks to all of you who have supported CMA and participated in our programs.  2020 has a lot of wonderful things to offer anyone interested in blacksmithing.  We hope to see you in the shop this year and look forward to working with you!  

If you have any questions about any of our programs please don’t hesitate to ask.  Feel free to contact us through our contact link on our website or give us a call at 814-418-0409.

Thanks again!


Center for Metal Arts
106 Iron St. Johnstown PA 15906
Phone: 814.418.0409
email – contact@centerformetalarts.org



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