Tim Puro began restoring and refinishing furniture in Bloomington, Indiana in 2002. Tim studied furniture finishing, repair and restoration at the National Wood Finishing Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has taken courses in furniture conservation offered by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute. He has served as an assistant or an instructor in finishing and furniture restoration classes at MASW since 2004. Tim has published finishing articles in the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and Fine Woodworking. Tim is a self-described “shellac-a-holic”, and he enjoys encouraging woodworkers to try a variety of finishes and finishing techniques. After selling his shop to his employees in 2019, Tim is now employed as a sales representative for Mohawk Finishing Products.

Workshops with Tim

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