More than a Drill: A Deeper Understanding of the Flexible Shaft Machine

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Date: June 13-14, 2022 (Summer, 2 day)
Medium: Metal
Instructor: Andy Cooperman (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

So, you're a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island (for some inexplicable reason this island has, along with coconuts, electricity). You can bring only one tool. What tool do you bring?

If you were Andy Cooperman you’d most likely bring your Flexible Shaft Machine. Maybe the most versatile tool at the bench this champion of rotary tools is, for many, underutilized and poorly understood.

Here’s your chance to gain a deeper understanding of this marvelous tool and expand your vocabulary of flexible shaft techniques and applications. This two-day version of the demo-only workshop will cover the basic machine itself--from the motor, down the shaft to the speed control and handpiece-- and will discuss and demonstrate the use of burrs, bits, grinding, shaping, finishing and polishing aids: the stuff they didn’t teach you in school.

"More than a Drill" is a mix of demonstration and real-time experience, so expect to get your hands dirty exploring some of the techniques and tools addressed --and some eye-opening innovative tricks as well.

At this time, More than a Drill: A deeper understanding of the Flexible Shaft Machine has reached the enrollment limit. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the CraftSummer office at 513-529-7395.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Coming soon!


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.


About the Instructor

Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that.

Andy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include Art Jewelry Today (I, II & III), The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Andy teaches and lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual CoMA (Colorado Metalsmithing Association) conference and as keynote speaker for both the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the Eastern Carolina University Materials Topics Symposium .