Six Questions Wood Finishers Need to Ask

Ask yourself these questions before you start on the path to better wood finishing skills.

  • What kind of projects do I make?

  • What level of protection do my projects need? Think kitchen table top vs. a jewelry box...

  • What woods do I typically use? Every species of wood has its own unique finishing challenges!

  • Where do I do my finishing? What specific challenges you are aware of?

  • How am I likely most likely to apply the coatings? With a rag, a brush or spray gun?

  • What do I know about coloring wood? It’s a important subject!

Why I Offer Custom Classes

Without proper education, you don't know what you don't know

Learning the basics of any trade is critical, especially when time is money. This is especially true for wood finishing. Training shortens the learning curve, builds problem solving skills rapidly and results in fewer problems. 

Your Class Is Customized to Meet Your Needs

Your customized class will be designed by both of us working together towards your specific goals. One on one instruction with "hands on" learning will zero in on your precise issues and how to address them. Here are some of the advantages…

  • A curriculum we design together to accomplish your specific goals

  • One on one training allows us to alter the lesson to fit your questions at any time

  • Detailed documentation of techniques and tips for future learning

Targeted Education Saves You Time

One on one sessions allow you to gain more information in a shorter period of time. Our hands on time will raise many additional questions about the various types of projects you are finishing. Each one will be answered.

How much time, energy and material waste is lost by trial and error?

  • Wood finishing is predictable if you respect it for what it is: a mixture of art and science

  • Time is money and education pays for itself faster than any other tool

  • Learn to participate in the results, not just observe them

  • Shortening the learning curve allows more productive hours per day in your shop

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Not everyone learns the same way. Forty years of teaching wood finishing has taught me how to teach this trade. 

  • I can teach you at your current level of finishing and excel from there

  • I can teach anyone who wants to learn

  • Coloring and coating applications vary, which one fits what you are doing.

 
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What Customers Are Saying

 
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Minny & Phil H.

“IT WAS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM A TRUE FINISHING MASTER.

DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR FINISHING TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN YOUR CAREER PATH? MY ADVICE: SIGN UP FOR AN INTENSIVE WITH MITCH KOHANEK.”

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Travis F.

..."ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO COME OUT OF A TWO DAY WORKSHOP AN EXPERT FINISHER, MITCH GAVE ME A FRAMEWORK OF UNDERSTANDING THAT HAS GREATLY ACCELERATED MY LEARNING — SAVING ME UNTOLD TIME AND HAS TAKEN MY FINISHING TO A NEW LEVEL."

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Wayne R.

"RECENTLY, I SPENT TWO WEEKS WITH MITCH LEARNING ABOUT SPOT REPAIR ON WOOD FURNITURE AND FOUND IT TO BE SOME OF THE BEST MONEY I'VE EVER SPENT.

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Ryan Z.

"BASICALLY EVERY QUESTION I HAD MITCH DIDN'T JUST ANSWER, HE EXPLAINED THE CONCEPT AND THE WHY..."