From heavy industrial metalsmith tools to day-to-day office supplies, truckloads of materials that will be needed to make The Center for Metal Arts at Cambria Iron Co. in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, run properly were unloaded over the past two days.
The process was part of the school’s relocation from the village of Florida, New York, to the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. property, located on Iron Street and owned by the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority.
Operators of the nonprofit organization – Patrick Quinn and Dan Neville – will now spend the next three weeks preparing for the first workshop that is to take place Feb. 23-25.
“It’s good to have a goal, a deadline like that to get set up in time to run that workshop,” Quinn said.
JRA Executive Director Melissa Komar said Quinn and Neville’s decision to relocate the center “shows that there’s opportunity here for development from business owners and developers from outside of the state of Pennsylvania.”
Classes will originally take place in the complex’s former pattern shop.
The goal will be to eventually set up works in the historic blacksmith shop that was built in the 1860s, while, at the same time, still using the pattern shop.
“I want to move into the blacksmith shop as soon as possible,” Quinn said.
“Obviously, that’s going to take a lot of refurbishment. Utilities have to be installed. A few things have to happen to make it ready to be used. I think a year is best-case scenario. Two years is probably a little bit more realistic.”
Classes will be offered for all levels of metal craftsmen – beginner to expert.
“Lots of the stuff revolves around toolmaking, joinery processes,” Quinn said.
“We cater a lot to the blacksmith that has a setup in their house or in their garage. We do teach a lot of toolmaking, and it helps them build their toolset for their home studio. Usually, we teach the techniques involved around using those tools properly.”