Center for Metal Arts (“CMA”) and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (“JAHA”) will be pairing up on August 1st, 2020 to hold tours of CMA. There will be two tours held, one at 10 AM and one at 1 PM. The tour will include the Historic Pattern and Blacksmith Shop as well as an industrial forging demonstration on the newly refurbished 3,000 LB Chambersburg hammer, that was last operated in 1992.
Center for Metal Arts is located on the Cambria Iron National Historic Landmark located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The buildings CMA resides in date back to the late 1800’s and are a few of the buildings left standing from the Cambria Iron Company. Throughout each tour Richard Burkert, JAHA’s Executive Director, will share the history of the buildings and location.
The tours will also focus on current operations of CMA. Center for Metal Arts is an international craft school focusing on metal arts, especially forging. The mission of CMA is to maintain a world-class educational blacksmithing program, providing the best equipped facility deeply rooted in traditions and history of forging, 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.
One of our goals is to restore the historical buildings, equipment, and machinery of Cambria Iron Co. and Bethlehem Steel. During 2019, CMA staff were able to refurbish one of the large power hammers in the Blacksmith. This 3,000 pound Chambersburg power hammer was last operated twenty-seven years ago. Each tour will include an industrial demonstration on the newly refurbished power hammer by Patrick Quinn, CMA’s Executive Director and Dan Neville, CMA’s Associate Director. Ear and eye protection will be available for use during the demonstration.
Center for Metal Arts (“CMA”) and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (“JAHA”) will be pairing up on August 1st, 2020 to hold tours of CMA. There will be two tours held, one at 10 AM and one at 1 PM. The tour will include the Historic Pattern and
9:00AM-11:00AM, 12:00PM-2:00PM, 2:30PM-4:30PM