An Alabama resident retired from management in the private sector has transformed a hobby into a trade that has customers and students from across the country seeking his products and instruction in the area of metal shaping.
Kerry Pinkerton, owner of Imperial Wheeling Machines and co-owner of AllMetalShaping.com, will give a lecture and metal shaping demonstration Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design’s 3D Art Studio, located on West Fourth Street next to the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office. This event is free and open to the public.
Pinkerton will also hold workshops Oct. 5-6 for students, faculty and staff in the department.
A veteran of the U.S. Army who served at the White House, Pinkerton worked in various management positions with Hewlett-Packard, including at the international level. After retirement from H-P, his love of antique cars led him to take up metal shaping in order to make replacement panels for his favorite, Chrysler Imperials.
Soon he was making English wheels, or wheeling machines, used by those involved in metal shaping products such as those for automobiles, from which he grew a highly successful business with his son making their Imperial Wheeling Machine. In 2004, he produced the first Metal Shaping 101 seminar and the next year the seminar was recorded for the DVD that comes with each Imperial Wheeling Machine.
Pinkerton has also been a key player in the growth of online metal shaping communities, including MetalMeet.com. His work has expanded into other creative ventures, including the production of an Art Deco-style roadster and human figurines made from metal, among other items and he continues to be in great demand for his in-person demonstrations and workshops.
For more information, contact the Southern Miss Department of Art and Design at 601.266.4972; for more information about the department’s programs, online visit www.usm.edu/visualarts