Michael Wildgoose, Furniture Craftsman and Builder

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Arts Habitat will present furniture maker, Michael Wildgoose, at Arts in Progress (AIP) on Tuesday, May 22, in a presentation and discussion entitled, "Building Furniture from Reclaimed Materials".

 Michael will talk about how to make furniture and build houses from reclaimed materials. He'll show photos and examples of his work, share ideas for material sources, and make suggestions about techniques and applications.

Wildgoose never planned to be a craftsman; he didn't attend art school or take technology classes. He dreamed of being an archeologist. Instead, after a short advertising career in the Mad Men era of advertising, in 1969 he traveled the Hippie Trail from Marrakech through Asia. It is there that he first saw people making their houses, furnishings and clothing from local materials such as mud bricks, bamboo and palm fronds.

When he returned to the U.S. he spent five years acquiring building skills in Los Angeles. By day he worked in construction, by night he attended woodworking classes. His inspirations were the great California craftsmen Greene & Greene and Sam Maloof. He settled in a small New Mexico village, where the people still built their own homes and carved handmade furniture. He has worked continually on his craft the last three decades from his homes in New Mexico and Seaside, Ca.

AIP takes place the fourth Tuesday of each month at Arts Habitat Studio Seaside,840 Broadway Avenue, Suite B3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Studio is located in the Seaside City Center (next to Erik's Deli). The event is free and open to the public and complimentary refreshments are served. The first and last half hours are devoted to socializing and community building; the program runs from 7:30 to8:30 p.m.