Working Philosophy

Ground and enliven
Collage: tools, woodgrains and the workshop
  • Dan sources
    local and sustainably harvested woods
  • and works with you to select the most
    beautiful and functional pieces of wood for your project.
  • Dan is an efficient and reliable Carpenter and Craftsman,
    with over 25 years of experience in the Trades.

For every process we put natural objects through, we must make up for the loss of aliveness by replacing it with our own. When a tree is cut and shaped, changing its former integrity, the inspired vision of the Shaper infuses the wood with their own Spirit. The finished piece, though changed, remains a living thing and has a Life force.

Dan in the workshop

Tao te Ching, Chapter 40

Return is the movement of the Tao.

Yielding is the way of the Tao.

All things are born of being.

Being is born of non-being.

-Lao Tzu

Modern day mass-produced items are, for the most part, dead. They have often been taken from the earth in an ungrateful way. They are then handled by humans who are also suffering from this disrespect and feel the lack it causes in their lives. Money is charged to replace the worth that has been stolen. We may become involved in the process as we trade money for a pretty and useful but dead thing.
From us, it will ask for Life.

~with gratitude to Carol Bridges at