I found out the other night that David Pimentel died from cancer.
I'm not sure if you were aware, but he was admitted to the hospital
right before classes started this fall. Doctors couldn't find the
source of his cancer but apparently it was very advanced and he just
didn't really have any symptoms until then. He was home from the
hospital 1-2 days before he died. I don't know who knew him well but
one of his grad students said tell everybody.
David was an amazing metalsmith. He made some especial
contributions to metalsmithing with his research into plastics, which
made the metalsmithing community aware of protoplast, which led to
the development of similar plastics, such as jett sett. He
researched use of plastics such as UHMW for mallets and hammers,
which have become commonplace. It's good to know and remember the
source and lineage of some of this knowledge.
David Pimentel, we thank you!