Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek March 28 - April 1, 2022

about this workshop

This five day hands-on finishing class is designed to help students understand what finishing schedule is best for their projects. The goal is to learn what it takes to create a beautiful, lasting, finish through a variety of finishing systems, which systems include changing the color of wood with dyes, stains, toners, and glazing techniques. Everyone will have the opportunity to apply finishing systems of their choice to their assigned lab projects, and students are encouraged to bring small projects to finish during the week. A majority of this class will be in the finish shop and not in the classroom. However, everyone will have enough classroom time to learn how to accurately apply finishes with predictable results. Students will learn to use hand rubbed finishes such as a shellac, French polish, and brush on finishes as well as using spraying equipment. Once the coatings have been applied, adjusting the sheen using rub out techniques, and how to maintain your coating will be demonstrated. Mitch will teach how to solve common problems and fix finishing defects such as blotching, orange peel, brush marks, and fisheye and how to achieve the ultimate finish. There will also be an introduction to the basics of color matching. Anyone who works with wood and enjoys its beauty will benefit from this class.

Unique Instructor Mitch Kohanek

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$895 tuition + $75 materials

Key Points:
*Six steps for a perfect finish
*Customize a wood finishing system for you
*Understand wood as a material
*The cabinet scraper and proper wood preparation
*Techniques for coloring wood
*How to choose which finish to use
*Pre-conditioners, sealers and grain pore fillers
*Deal with open, semi-open and closed pored woods
*Rub out and finish the finish

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek March 28 - April 1, 2022



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