The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational organization
of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals.

Our Community


Everyone is welcome to join: from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers and students, metal arts collectors and more. Each member is a vital part of making the Guild work for our community.


We support the work of outstanding metal artists by organizing exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, awarding an annual MAG Community Project Grant, various student scholarships, and offering resources and opportunities for our members.


MAG is a 501(c 3) non-profit, all-volunteer-led arts organization, and we rely on your generosity to help us provide metal related events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and networking mixers to the membership and community.

Featured Member

Each month a new Featured Member is chosen from the completed member profiles on our website. Their interview and work is highlighted on our blog and social media. Visit our archive of past Featured Members.

January 2021




Bob and Mary Zimmerman


Instagram: strandsofhistory

Tell us a little about yourself.

We’re both native Californians and sailors, which may help explain our strong connection with the Golden Gate Bridge.  Mary has lived here her whole life, while Bob’s family moved to Ohio when he was five years old, where he grew up always knowing he’d live in California again. He’s lived here now over 35 years, 28 years around the Bay Area and seven in Tahoe City.  We’ve always been attracted by creativity, problem-solving and science, whether its coaxing 1930s suspender ropes to take on new roles, or working in biopharma drug development, which we both did for almost three decades around the Bay Area prior to taking over Strands of History a little over three years ago.