Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Abel Dances


Abel Isaac Dances

Abel joined the school faculty in April 2011 and has since become the lead instructor in several of the Jim Tolpin designed classes and our intensive Woodworking Foundation Course.  

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"Born in the San Juan Islands, Washington in 1972, I have lived on the Olympic Peninsula most of my life. As the son of a carpenter, my first impressions of woodworking were the rough sawn cedar cabins and beachside boat shops of rural Washington. In the past two decades I have built for farmers, shops and contractors, but the majority of my carpentry has been in the service of owner-builders seeking design and production support for their custom projects.

My workshop is on ten acres of timberland with a view of the Olympic Mountains. The regional landscape provides direct inspiration to my work. Drawing from the wealth of culture encompassed by the Pacific Rim, I pursue traditional carpentry techniques in natural materials. I strive to represent an earth-wise timelessness while addressing the contemporary issues of modern life. Current projects include a line of devotional furnishings offered to the global community now pursuing lifestyles of health and sustainability."



Website www.dancescarpentry.com
E-mail abel@ptwoodschool.org
(360) 643-3634
Location Port Townsend, WA