MITCH KOHANEK has formally been an instructor for the National Institute of Wood Finishing at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota for 35 years. His graduates have become the best professional finishers for new wood products, furniture restoration, refinishing and spot repair artists this country has to offer.

His program was the only certified finishing program in America and has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Wood and Fine Woodworking magazines, and he has written for American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking magazines.

Mitch is currently part of Fresh Air Finishers which is a high-end finishing company in St. Paul, MN. Fresh Air Finishers is a standalone company specializing green on site location finishing, custom finishing, and onsite wood repair and restoring.

He has performed an internship at the Smithsonian Conservation and Analytical Laboratory and is a member of the American Institute of Conservation. He has lectured for The Woodworking Shows out of Los Angeles and is a consultant to the entire finishing industry.