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Professional Finishing Techniques- Start to Finish- with Mike Mascelli

MIke Mascelli HeadShot webThe goal of this class is to help both novice and experienced finishers better understand the science, the craft, and the art of using color and finish for both protecting and enhancing any wood furniture project.  The focus will be on using products commonly available at a local home center so you can achieve professional results without investing in all sorts of specialized equipment and supplies. This is a comprehensive finishing class that will cover all aspects of coloring and finishing wood surfaces.

Students will learn about the history of both dye and pigment colors, and their many forms and uses, as well as seeing how to put all of the commonly available clear finishes in to one of five simple families.  The class is a combination of lecture, demonstration and will feature a number of hands on activities for students.  We will touch on historic finishes, along with techniques for using layers of color to achieve a perfect match, applying shellac with brush and a polishing pad, various methods of applying oil varnishes and some special techniques for getting great results with waterborne finishes.  Students will learn the importance of good surface preparation and will learn methods for mechanically rubbing out the finish to either lower or raise the sheen of a film finish along with picking up some basic tips on furniture touch up and repair techniques.  There will also be useful information on choosing shop lighting, preparing surfaces, and safely handling storing and disposing of finishing products.

We will spend two whole days on color, two whole days on finishing and rubbing out, and some time on Friday going over the basics of using spray equipment including proper handling of aerosols, and both HVLP and conventional spray systems with some time set aside for project work, including evaluating student pieces.

Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer & finisher 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.  He is a frequent instructor of both upholstery and finishing classes.   In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is grounded in the restoration of period furniture. As an author, he has contributed to 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 instructional videos for Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines.

 Tuition:n$745.00 plus materials

Section 072720A: Monday—Friday, July 27—31, 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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