DAN PARET, MAKER
WORKING IN WOOD AND PAINT
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.
I am an avocational maker- 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.