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An Introduction to Surface Treatments and Finishing Wood with Katie Hudnall Pocosin Arts

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In this work­shop we will cover the basic tools and processes used in deco­rat­ing and finish­ing bare wood.

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In this work­shop we will cover the basic tools and processes used in deco­rat­ing and finish­ing bare wood, from knowing which woods do well with which processes, to sanding and prepar­ing your surfaces, to dying or paint­ing them and adding details, to final topcoat choices.

Designed for students new to wood, as well as those looking to add new tech­niques to their prac­tice, this class will focus on guide­lines to help each student exper­i­ment and develop their own unique methods beyond the class­room, while intro­duc­ing them to a wide range of possi­ble options. I will go more in depth into some of my own personal favorite mate­ri­als, such as milk paint, gesso, acrylic washes, inks, drawing pens and lacquer. 

In week one we will cover surface prep and prin­ci­ples of wood, paint­ing vs stains and dyes, vs chem­i­cal colorations like eboniz­ing and liming. We’ll talk about safety consid­er­a­tions, which appli­ca­tions are more or less durable, and how to sand or buff between coats to achieve surfaces that feel as good as they look. 

In week two we will cover the details – adding draw­ings, wood­burn­ing, carv­ings or other embell­ish­ments to the surfaces. I will go over which clear coats work best for various surfaces, when spray­ing is appro­pri­ate, vs brush­ing or a wipe-on, and again discuss safety with all of them. I will share my favorite artists, books, and resources for tech­niques and inspi­ra­tion and answer ques­tions students might have.

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