WoodSkills Issue 02 - Page 89

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WS: You have branched out into teaching woodworking and furniture making at your own school. What satisfaction does teaching new students bring to you?

DP: I get a thrill when I see the lights go on – when someone really gets a concept. I like the idea that I was a part of someone’s learning process – and that learning process has a life of its own. It may well someday surpass my abilities. But it’s not all a one way street with teaching. There have been several instances where I have learned from a student as well. Learning is a life-long thing. Always be open to opportunities to expand.

WS: How would you describe your current work and what inspires it?

DP: My current work is in flux. I am no longer actively seeking commission work -so I am free to peruse my whims. By nature, I like order. In my design work this translates to symmetry, balance, and a hierarchical order. But there is also a part of me that wants to rebel against it all - In balancing these two opposing points of view – my current work always retains a hierarchical order – but chaos is sometimes at work and competes with symmetry and balance for dominance.

WS: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?

DP: I have a couple of favorites. The 1st isn’t necessarily my best work but is a sentimental favorite. My “Aurora Table Desk “was designed many years ago. It was 1st piece where ‘the lights went on” - where I suddenly understood in a conscious way what I was trying to do with design.

Currently my favorite piece is my “Tall Corner Table”. I am excited about this piece because it is pointing the way to what’s next. What’s next is always the most exciting!

YUKI NO HANA, 2013 MAHOGANY, EBONY, FUSED GLASS 21" H x 25" W x 25" D

Photo by Darrell Peart