All About Finishing

Michael Mascelli
June 26-30

Participants learn all aspects of finishing, from hand-applied coatings to professional spray lacquers. By the end of the week, each participant knows how to fill grain; color with dyes and pigments; put on hand-applied varnish, shellac, and oil finishes; and apply spray finishes.

Through lecture and demonstration, Mike takes students from wood preparation to rubbing out, while demystifying the multiplicity color and finishing products. This includes selecting the proper abrasives, sanders, and fillers; layering of colorants; bleaching, glazing, and brushing; French polishing; and rubbing the final finish to perfection. Work is done on practice panels provided by the school. Students are encouraged to bring special pieces of their own wood to experiment on with colors and finishes.

Although the emphasis is on hand applied finishes, Mike also covers selection and use of various aerosols and conventional spray equipment, including safety issues, proper cleanup procedures, and correct spraying techniques. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products, as well as colored finishes and toners. Students who have spray equipment at home are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.

Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience, as well as co-Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization founded in 1998. In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is founded in the restoration of period furniture. As an author, he has contributed to the forthcoming Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (Popular Woodworking, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two soon-to-be-released instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.

 

Open to all.

Tuition: $770

Hands on FinishingStudents rub out panels with wax-charged steel wool to create a desirable sheen and surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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