"I spent a couple of days training with Mitch in order to expand finish offerings in our custom furniture and cabinetry shop. It was definitely time well spent. Mitch fully customized the class to the areas I needed to focus on and made sure the learning was specific to the finish systems I was currently using. In the two days I was there, I gained a good foundation in color matching, custom finishes (glazing, toning, dyeing) as well as tips and techniques on gun and pump setup. Our finished product is seeing improvement and customers are remarking on our finishes and not just our design and woodwork."
"In January, I spent three days working with Mitch, at his shop in St Paul, on specific questions about finishing that I had. It was great. Mitch was organized, knowledgable, and very easy to work with. Everything was hands on, the way that I like to learn. We covered all of my specific questions about finishing as well as some unanticipated area of finishing. In the past, I had tried to French polish, but I had never developed "the feel". After one morning with tips from Mitch, I experienced "the feel", the essential element of french polishing.
I would highly recommend spending a few days in the shop with Mitch, to anyone who has questions about finishing. Your time will be well spent, and it will only serve to peak your interest in finishing."
"I spent four days working with Mitch as training for my position in exhibits fabrication at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. This was some of the most thorough instruction I have received, going over written information in books, powerpoint, and Mitch's own notes, followed by discussion and hours of hands on experience. Mitch listened to the specific needs of my shop, and set up examples and exercises accordingly. He presented me with many different tools and material, to help find the ones that worked best for my shop and made sure I left feeling comfortable using them. Mitch was patient, excited about all of my questions, and somehow crammed all his years of experience into four days. It was a blast!"
"Mitch is a nice person with in-depth knowledge on wood restoration. Before designing a wood training program for you, he takes the time to find out your wood knowledge and experience. Mitch provides hands-on learning that is easy to learn and fun. Because of the wood training I received from Mitch, I am able to simplify the color matching process, eliminate product waste, and have the confidence I need to execute a wood finishing job correctly."