Laminating & Shaping Wood: A Sculptural Adventure with Michael Cooper (Tues to Sat) May 31-June 4, 2022
In this workshop students will explore the tremendous potential of bent wood lamination. Most finished wood products end up looking a bit like the lumber they start with, which is normally rectilinear. Michael will take this class in a very different direction of exploration. By starting with thinly cut strips of wood, a curvilinear form is almost suggested, which will push the laminated curved line to new extremes. Part of the exploration of this class will include the use of very simple techniques that can yield amazing results. Students will start with a few simple designing methods that will almost immediately suggest a variety of future possibilities. Michael will discuss various problem solving approaches using bent lamination techniques: what type of wood is best for completing a certain bend; what kind of glue; do we need a form; is this a compound curve bend; what is the best clamp to use; can we add on to this form later; what methods should be used to clean the glue off; and how can we refine and finish the shape?
The class will also explore some aluminum and steel fabrication and machining using a metal lathe, a Bridgeport mill and T.I.G. welding. Many tricks and some surprises will be shared during the week. Shaping solid wood with both electronic and pneumatic tools will also be explored. Michael’s goal is to expand your visual thinking and knowledge and get you using the right ‘fast’ tool for safe, challenging and exciting work. Come ready to grow–Michael’s already 5’7”!