Demystifying Wood Finishing

May 6 - May 13, 2022

Demystifying Wood Finishing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $120

Friday, May 6 ~ 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST
Friday, May 13 ~ 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST

To many, finishing wood can seem overly complicated and stressful—but it doesn’t have to be! In this virtual workshop, we’ll simplify the process by learning some of the basics of wood finishing while debunking some of the myths associated with different products. We will cover as many finishing techniques as possible, including how to apply polyurethane, oil, wax, and shellac. Participants will also get tips on refinishing and maintaining older furniture to keep those antiques looking good as new!

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Jamie Herman

Jamie Herman is a furniture maker, sculptor, and teacher working out of Layton, NJ. His work features complicated geometries and precarious balancing acts, and he likes to present recognizable furniture forms in unexpected ways. Jamie is interested in exploring how material culture can influence our identities, and how participating in craft can change how we think. 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 Peters Valley School of Craft. Jamie was awarded the 2021 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. He is the current Woodworking Artist Fellow at Peters Valley, where he is an avid river dipper and wildlife watcher.


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