thumb Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Summer - Fall 2020 Class Schedule available. More fall classes coming soon. Click here for more information.

In Memory of Richard Bergen

Richard BergenIt is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!

Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

Furniture Restoration with Mike Mascelli

Bring in your poor, tired and shabby looking furniture longing for a new life !

Mike Mascelli SecretaryA class designed for students who would like to bring their own furniture restoration project for a week of hands on work in a fully equipped shop. The class will include a day of introduction to the many aspects of restoring treasured family heirlooms using readily available materials and then four full days of shop time with Mike Mascelli the Co-Director and Trustee of the Professional Refinisher’s Group. Mike will share tips and techniques used by professional refinishing shops, as well as the world of conservation and preservation. Students will be required to submit photos and a brief description of their project prior to class, to insure that their goals will be achievable within the time available. All furniture projects including upholstered pieces are possible, however projects requiring chemical stripping, or spray finishing of large pieces may not be able to be accepted.
Students will be required to provide their own basic hand tools, and may bring other materials such as wood, veneer, finishing materials, and upholstery supplies specific to their project.

Lecture Topics will include:
Decision making process for repair, restoration, refinishing, conservation
Key features for determining the age of a piece
Basics of “off the shelf” dye and pigment colorants for color matching
Basics of shellac, lacquer, oil, waterbase finishes for choosing the right finish
Basics of protein, PVA, EVA, and epoxy glues for choosing the right glue
How the finish can dramatically affect the look of a piece, professional tips from PRG

Demonstration Topics will include:
Techniques to safely remove old finishes
Re-gluing loose joints, loose veneer
Color and sheen matching, making new wood look old
Accentuating the grain; creating depth with shading & toning
Spot repair and touchup techniques
Stabilizing damaged upholstery frames
The irreplaceable organics: shellac, asphaltum, and linseed oil

Tutition $725.00 Plus materials (will be billed individually based on what is used from CVSW stock

Section 091116A: Sunday - Thursday, September 11—15, 9:00am—5:00pm

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All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

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I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

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