December 18th (3rd Thursday)
Remember to bring your annual dues check ($30) to this month's meeting.
For the December meeting we will have as our main speaker an exceptional craftsman-designer Michael Cooper (not to be confused with out own member Mike Cooper!). Michael Cooper has an undergraduate degree in art from San Jose State and a Master's Degree in Sculpture from Cal. He has studied and taught in Europe during two stays there. He has taught courses like Furniture Design at DeAnza College for over 30 years where he gives his students interesting and challenging design assignments. Additionally, Michael Cooper is a Northern Californian artist and woodworker, famous for complex free-form laminations and hyper-real sculptures. He is a meticulous designer, craftsman and nearly engineer, obsessed with mechanisms and movement, which he expresses through making popular American icons from hotrods to guns ... amazingly, in wood. Michael has slides of his work and will probably bring some recent work to see such as projects at school. He picks woods for their color and he then proceeds to shape the wood using all sorts of tools including a milling machine or chain saw. Should his design need something in another material (plastic, metal or composite) he does not hesitate to incorporate it and appears to be equally adept at welding as well as laminating. He will be pleased to answer our questions on his approach to his work which often involves hydraulic or pneumatic elements. This meeting will help you think near the edge or just outside the normal design envelope to prepare you for a new year of woodworking! Come ready for an informative evening.
From 101, take the East Hillsdale exit. Drive a mile plus toward the bay. Turn right in Shell Blvd.