Welcome to the National Institute of Wood Finishing on the campus of Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota. DCTC is home to the only certified Wood Finishing Technology Program in the United States.
Since 1973, the Wood Finishing Program has produced some of the nation's best professional wood finishers, furniture restorers, spot repair artists, and pre-finishers. The instructor, Mitch Kohanek is a member of the American Institute of Conservation and has interned at the Smithsonian Conservation and Analytical Laboratory in Washington D.C. Mitch and his nationally recognized program has been featured in magazines such as Fine Woodworking, Better Homes and Gardens, and Professional Refinishing.
Whatever your educational requirements may be, The National Institute of Wood Finishing at Dakota County Technical College can help you make it happen!
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Benefits of wood finishing for the wood worker.
Most woodworkers have discovered that it takes only minutes to destroy any kind of woodwork with the wrong wood finishing schedule.
It does not matter if you are a cabinetmaker, a furniture maker, a box maker, a carver, someone who enjoys the band saw, schroll saw, table saw or lathe, or a luthier making guitars, or someone who enjoys making millwork, doors or windows, the majority of the time a finish will be applied.
Woodworking and woodfinishing go hand in hand and learning to get your wood finishing skills to the level of your woodworking is what I offer at the Wood Finishing Technology Program at Dakota County Technical College.
"When I decided to join the program, my intetent was to start another career in Antique restoration. I had no idea what it might lead to."
"Every Tuesday, campus visits are available to meet with Mitch, and tour the Wood Finishing classrooms and shop facilities."
"It gave me the opportunity to learn a trade that would have taken years of apprenticeship to learn and understand."