Carol & Tom Paretti, Workingwood

paretti.jpgWorkingwood | Prescott, AZ

Kaleidoscopes by Tom and Carol Paretti were considered to be avant-garde in the late 1970s. Their kaleidoscopes continue to be innovative in the 21st century. 

The Parettis make every piece of their kaleidoscopes by hand in their northern Arizona studio. For several years, they worked exclusively with exotic woods. Then they started using leather, anodized aluminum and Pyrex glass filled with tiny glass beads for the barrels of some of their kaleidoscope styles, reserving the finely hewn and highly polished wood for the eyepieces, and turning ends. Their signature , and their hallmark wood fluting for the third side of the mirror system, creating a zig-zag effect that draws the viewer in towards the oil cells. Simply wonderful! Whatever material they use, they maintain the quality of their work at the highest standard, and are respected for meticulous craftsmanship.

If you don't see the "Add to Cart" button for the item you want below, please inquire about special ordering it. Keep in mind that they are all handcrafted, and naturally take more time to create than manufactured items.