Purposes, Policies, and Objectives
The Metalshapers Association (MSA) is an international community of
members who are interested in learning and sharing of knowledge
pertaining to the shaping of compound curves and other shapes in all
kinds of metals relating to automotive, aircraft, art and other
applications. The association maintains a website of resources for
all who wish to participate on any level, and maintains discussion
related groups. The MSA web site is designed to serve as a center of
information about metalshaping for members, the press, and the general
Through the discussion groups, MSA provides a forum for socializing,
networking, learning, discussing, archiving, demonstrating, preserving
and advancing skills and techniques, in the hopes of expanding the trade
to as many eager minds as possible.
In addition, MSA strives to:
promote metalshaping in general
provide the professional metalshaper a showcase
contribute to the recovery of and preservation of the old world
methods and to the advancement of materials, machines and methods
using today's technology and knowledge base
facilitate regional, national and international events for the
purpose of advancing the trade and all those involved
To provide the optimum learning environment and support for those in
the business of shaping metal and those who do it as a hobby.
To ensure that those who want to learn - can.
To increase the world-wide awareness of all forms of metalshaping
and services available in the global marketplace.
To facilitate regional, national and international events for the
purpose of learning and displaying members work and supplier's
tools, equipment and supplies and other items necessary for
operating a successful metalshaping shop.
To make member, resources, skills, and facilities available to the
marketplace to accommodate its changing needs.
To maintain MSA's fiscal stability in order to fulfill the
MSA members shall have a commitment to preservation, innovation,
creativity, honesty, integrity, and sharing of information.
Policies of Use
Posting Commercial Content in the Forums
We do not accept commercial posts from people who do not regularly
contribute to our discussion. Commercial posts in the forums, even
from our regular contributors are borderline at best. Such posts from
someone who has never contributed at all and who sends such a post
immediately upon registration is simply unacceptable.
If you are a participating member of the group and share information
with the group (FIRST) then, and only then, limited mentions of your
products will be permitted. But even then that mention needs to be
in the form of an update or needs to be tempered with information of
intrinsic value to the group.
While we do encourage members to post related tools and equipment for
sale or trade or to post "pre-ebay" offers to the group or even post
their ebay auctions -- we do not allow pure commercial posts to the
forums. We don't even allow our Sponsors to make commercial posts.
Commercial Use of the Albums
One of the purposes of this group is to help promote the hobby and the
business of metalshaping, so we wholeheartedly encourage members to post
albums for the purpose of showcasing your work and your facilities.
Please feel free to post links to your other albums, your web site, and
your e-mail address. Feel free to include your phone number and address.
The MSA web site is for promoting you and your business. The albums and
the Pro listings have paid off several times for members.
As for suppliers posting products in the albums, we have asked that
only those who participate and share information be allowed to post
metalshaping tools in the albums, and to use discretion when doing
so. In other words, if your albums and/or forum posts also show how
to use the products and share metalshaping techniques, then that will
be acceptable (in moderation). But if you use the albums solely to
market your products and you have no albums that offer any other
usable information... then that is not acceptable.
The bottom line is -- if you post a product in an album -- be sure to
offer the group more information that just how to buy your products.