DAN PARET, MAKER

WORKING IN WOOD AND PAINT

 

Painted basswood sloped box

Painted basswood sloped box

Working in a small basement shop in North Cambridge, MA, I make functional wood objects.

When I am not in my own basement, I am likely to be out walking or teaching hand tool woodworking classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.  From time to time I also have the pleasure of teaching short classes at the Eliot school in Jamaica Plain.

 

I do all of my work with hand woodworking tools, not to challenge myself or anyone else, but because that is how I like to work.

Painted basswood hinged-lid box with gouge drawing

Painted basswood hinged-lid box with gouge drawing

Cherry Box with 4 drawers, sliding door, and low-relief carving

Cherry Box with 4 drawers, sliding door, and low-relief carving

 

I am an avocation woodworker-  while I occasionally sell things, I do the work because I find it satisfying.  I am at peace in my shop, and in good company when I am teaching.  Annie Dillard wrote, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."  Spending my days making things or teaching others to do so, is a very nice way to spend a life.