Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Shellac: The Forgotten Finish with Mitch Kohanek

Dates: 7/30 - 7/31

Cost: $300
Materials: $25
Deposit: $125

This could be the best finishing class of the entire year: shellac, the most attractive, safe and versatile finishing system for the majority of your finishing needs. Other than a heavily used table top or in high humidity areas, shellac has no equal. Think about this basic finishing question: What do you want your project to look like, and exactly what kind of protection does your project really need? Sometimes beauty can and should outweigh protection. No other coating can give you the unmistakable look that shellac offers or the versatility of the many ways it can be incorporated into your finishing system. In addition, it is the safest hypoallergenic coating you can use, and if you use the correct denatured alcohol, it the most “green” coating you can find today. Do you want your project to escape time? No coating can match shellac in aged beauty or stability and longevity. Have you ever had to repair a damaged coating? Shellac is totally repairable. Students will use shellac straight from the hardware store as well as make their own shellac from scratch. You will learn to rag it on with a French polish, brush and/or spray it. We will change its color and even make shellac paint. Master finishers all agree, once you learn how to deal with the idiosyncrasies of this forgotten finish, it will change the way you view the finishing of wood.

Key Points:

  • Choosing the right shellac for your project
  • Learning a quick and easy way to mix shellac
  • Choosing the right brush or spraying equipment
  • Learning various French polishing methods
  • Making shellac paint to create dramatic effects
  • Changing the color of shellac with dyes and pigments
  • Manipulating shellac to create

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

Public Registration begins December 1, 2015. Please check back then to register online.

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