Spend three days learning the fundamentals of woodfinishing from a historic mindset with Don Williams, using the tools, materials, and techniques of our predecessors.
Students will practice a range of exercises to familiarize their minds, eyes, and hands to impart greater beauty to their work pieces using traditional approaches.
The curriculum revolves around students making a series of sample boards they can take home after the class.
Topics discussed, demonstrated and practiced include surface preparation, finish material selection (given the abbreviated schedule we are limited to wax and spirit varnishes including brushing and pad polishing, a/k/a “French” polishing), finishing tools (What’s the big fuss about “good rags”? What’s a good brush? What’s a polissoir?) finish preparation and application techniques for the entire process.
We will begin with ordinary raw wood and end with a lustrous surface that is a treat for the senses. Even if finishing was a source of trepidation previously, the student will depart with confidence for their next project. All supplies will be provided. See materials fee below.