Mike Mascelli has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for over 40 years and divides his time between the worlds of classic cars and classic furniture. He has provided upholstery for national champion cars and furniture that is on display at the US House of Representatives, in addition to instructing hundreds of students in basic upholstery techniques. He has contributed an essay on classic French upholstery techniques in Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams and has completed instructional videos on Upholstery for Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking. Mike has published several articles on various aspects of upholstery for 360 Woodworking, WOOD Magazine, and is a contributing editor for the e-magazine of the American Society of American Period Furniture Makers Pins & Tales. Mike is also the Co-Director of the Professional Refinishers Group which is a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the refinishing and conservation trades.

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