This one day course takes students through the process of re-finishing furniture with traditional wood finishing techniques. Through a mixture of hands-on time and lecture, students learn how to remove old paint and finishes, prepare surfaces, mix and apply a variety of traditional finishes including shellac finishes, oils, milk paint, and mixing your own finishes. Students are welcome to bring their own project or work on one of our in-shop practice pieces.
This instructor for this course, David E. Matuszek, started woodworking before he could tie his own shoes, though to be honest he couldn’t tie his shoes until he was seven. His father, who was trained in furniture and cabinet making, would have him catch boards coming off the table saw or have him straighten nails that came out of reclaimed lumber. He was also lucky that his father had a set of 19th century housewright tools and encouraged him to try and make his own projects using hand tools. In his teen years David attended William J Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, MA and specialized in precision manufacturing, and worked as a Tool Maker while in college, ultimately earning a degree in History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.This diverse background comes together to form his love of all things Shaker. From his 20’s onward David has focused mainly on building Shaker style furniture. He has expanded from that 19th century set of hand tools into a better table saw, jointer, and planer without loosing his basic hand tool skills. Currently he is building a new workshop at his new home; Echo Farm in Lyndeborough, NH where he lives with his wife and daughter. In addition to woodworking David’s other interest include photography, small scale farming, home brewing, and spending time in the outdoors.