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Demystifying Wood Finishing Workshop

August 30 @ 9:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm



August 30 @ 9:00 am
September 1 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: $620
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Peters Valley School of Craft
19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ 07851 United States
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Finishing is an incredibly important part of woodworking–one that can make or break your project after hours and hours of work! Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the finishing process, and very few woodworkers are ever taught the actual science of how finishes work. In this 3-day intensive, we will dive right in and learn the proper application of a variety of different wood finishes. You will learn best practices for sanding and surface prep before going in depth into oil finishes, varnishes, shellac, lacquers, and waxes. We will go through the science of how these products work, discussing pros and cons so that students leave the class with a good grasp of what the best finish is for any given project. The workshop will also cover other surface ornamentation such as paints, stains, and dyes. Experimentation will be very much encouraged, and no prior woodworking or finishing knowledge is required.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Type: Woodworking
Ages: Adult

Tools, Materials & Supplies you will need for this workshop:

  • Respirator rated for organic vapors (P100), like this.
  • Dust mask or respirator rated for particulates
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Comfortable eye and ear protection (if you have your own that you like)
  • Any finishes, paints, stains, or dyes you might want to try or learn more about!
  • Sports bottle for drinking water


About the Instructor:

Jamie Herman is a furniture maker, sculptor, and teacher based in upstate New York. Brought up in Kentucky and Ohio, Jamie tried his hand at classical music, archaeology, and organic farming (among other things) before finding his passion in craft. He trained in fine woodworking and furniture design at the Vermont Woodworking School and has participated in fellowships at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and the Peters Valley School of Craft. In 2021, Jamie was awarded the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, and in 2024 he will participate in the Windgate Arts Residency at the Museum for Art in Wood. Jamie is interested in exploring how material culture can influence our identities, how our individualities spill over into what we make, and how participating in craft can change how we think. He wants everything he makes to be well-used, well-loved, and to last a lifetime.


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