A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Gerald Cooper has been working with wood for over 30 years. He served as a minister in four states before moving to Berea in 1985, where he and his wife Joyce ran The Cooper Shop in Old Town, Berea, for 14 years.
Gerald’s background as a minister has led him to create commissioned works for churches, utilizing his low relief carving skills as well as his skill with a scroll saw to make intricately carved crosses. He is also adept as a wood turner and creates vessels and chatter carved works that have a spiraling design made quickly with a chisel drawn across the wood as it spins on the lathe.
Gerald is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen as well as the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
Gerald’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.