Dan Konopaski - My First Shop Teacher

June 16, 2015

 

I recently heard that Dan Konopaski, my first shop teacher at Hyak Junior High in Bellevue Washington recently passed away.  Mr. K was had a profound influence on myself and a number of my friends.  He gave myself and my brother quite a bit of freedom to explore what could be accomplished in the shop.  

 

In 1984 I started my MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) degree at The Claremont Graduate School. After a few weeks of using the shop to create some of my works, one of the core faculty, Connie Zehr asked me where I acquired my woodworking skills.  When I replied, "Junior High Woodshop" she was a bit surprised.

 

The vast majority of my woodworking skills were learned way back in 1973 to 75 in the shop that Mr. K ran. I thank him for the passion he brought and instilled into his students.

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