Shellac & Lacquer Systems with Mitch Kohanek August 1-5, 2022
Mitch has designed this special workshop around two coatings that allow for fast, beautiful results that will create a glowing luster on any project. The focus will be on shellac and solvent based lacquer. Students will learn about coloring wood which will include using dyes, stains, glazes and toners. Color theory will be discussed which will allow students the opportunity to learn how to apply a color on top of a color. Spray guns, aerosol cans and brushes will be used to apply the coatings. French polishing with shellac will also be covered. In this weeklong class there will be ample time to complete a variety of “story boards”, which are a visual record of the different procedures used in the process of coloring and coating the wood. These “story boards” will lead students to the correct finishing procedures for any project.
It should be noted that while lacquer is industry’s choice of finish to spray, solvent based lacquer needs to have a professional spray booth set up to safely apply this finish. Mitch will also share options for spraying for those who don’t currently have booths.