visitors are always welcome for a tour.
The Center for Metal Arts is equipped with 8 personal forging stations. Students typically work from a gas forge at a personal anvil and every student has the proper tools needed to participate in the workshop.
At CMA we pride ourselves in our quality student tooling. All made in-house by our talented Blacksmiths we offer our students the best quality learning experience possible.
Students work at 150lb anvils and we have a wide range of post vices throughout the smithy. As passionate hammer makers we plenty of student hammers in all weights and styles, and matching top and bottom tools for all the anvils. It is our mission to ensure all students have the correct tongs for the workshop, this ensures safety and provides them with the security of holding the material tightly so they can get the most out of every hammer blow.
If the workshop involves the use of a power hammer we have four available. A Nazel 2B with flat dies, 110lb Sahinler with drawing dies, a 75lb Reiter with fuller dies, and a 22lb Anyang with a full die set.
Adjacent to the smithy is a fully functioning fabrication shop complete with all the tools and equipment necessary to cut, weld, bend, and machine most anything.
The new jewelry and metalsmithing studio at the Center for Metal Arts has room for 8 students to have there own bench space and handtools. Students typically work at there personal bench while sharing larger equipment through the studio. Every student has the proper tools needed to participate in the workshop.
Student benches are stocked with all the basic hand tools needed for jewelry/metalsmithing. Each student has a saw frame, files, scribe, burnisher, center punch, sandpaper and any other consumable/tool needed for the specific workshop taught.
The studio is well equipped with a large collection of silversmithing hammers and stakes, anvils, forming tools, hydraulic press, buffing machines, lapping machine, sand blaster, drill presses, flex shaft station, rolling mill, soldering station, oxy acetylene torch, and annealing station.
The studio is currently a work in progress. In the summer of 2016, the Center for Metal Arts decided to represent all forms of metalwork so adding a jewelry/metalsmithing studio was a natural step forward. The space is constantly changing however our students have been patient with the improvements. Our next big step will be adding more windows in the space and ventilation for soldering.