Upholstery Techniques

Mike Mascelli
August 26-30

This course is for woodworkers who want to introduce upholstery into their furniture designs, as well as for anyone who wants to reupholster existing pieces. With Mike’s step-by-step guidance, each student completes two projects they can enjoy using at home, an ottoman and a chair, starting with wooden frames provided by the school.

Mike shares the history, language, and skills of the upholstery trade. Through hands-on practice, participants learn to: design upholstery treatments; pull and tack webbing; hand-tie coil springs; install zig-zag springs; create a professional upholstery foundation with padding and muslin; work with fabric to install show covers, dust covers, and trim; and blind stitch and hand-close seams.

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 With All Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press, 2018). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed instructional videos on upholstery for Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking.

Open to all.

Tuition: $810

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Mascelli 2018 upholstery workshopMike Mascelli teaching upholstery at the Center in 2017.

 Mascelli Spring Tie 5Demonstration of a hand-tied spring coil by Mike Mascelli