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Start to Finish with Peter Gedrys

comments (1) April 20th, 2011 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Peter teaching at The Woodworking Shows
Art Director Mike Pekovich, here with Peter, also does some teaching
Peter teaching at The Woodworking Shows - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Peter teaching at The Woodworking Shows

Photo: Mike Smith

Fine Woodworking contributors Roland Johnson and Peter Gedrys were out on the circuit this past winter giving popular presentations at The Woodworking Shows across the country. Here’s another chance to get some instruction from Peter.

Peter Gedrys will be teaching a week long class at The School at Annapolis Woodworks in Maryland, May 16- 20. The class is described as an intense 5-day workshop geared to woodworkers and turners. Peter will be covering how to control blotching in woods like maple and cherry, standard and decorative glazing, pore filling, and finish schedules. He will also focus on color theory – providing information to the students so they can successfully color match to mimic the look of a finish from a photo or to conceal sapwood.

Here’s what one of his students from Charlotte, NC said: 
 “I really appreciate your time, and knowledge that you pass on to all of us rookies out in this world.  As a woodworker that talks to a lot of other woodworkers, and I mean a lot of other woodworkers, “finishing” just seems to be something that scares a lot of woodworkers.  You are really providing a great service by doing these shows.  I hope one day to attend one of your classes and if you ever decide to do a book, I’ll be right there for it.”

There is still some space in the class. If you can’t make it to Maryland, you can still learn from Peter by reading his articles in Fine Woodworking. Or to find other classes you might want to attend, check out the events listing for our frequent contributors

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Comments (1)

Wingram Wingram writes: Peter,
First, let me tell you I am a novice woodworker at best. I can make the projects, but my finishing is much to be desired. I was inspired by your class last year here in Harrisburg and created a very nice mantle clock. I used your french polishing technique and it turned out beautifully. I thought that worked so well, I tried it on a coffee table and didn't. I used water based poly with and brushed a liberal amount on. Then I used a cut solution of 50-50 with denatured alchohol and poly. I got the poly to work with the rub, but never got beyond the marks and streaks. I sanded and got out the sprayer, but when I was done with the sprayer, I had a very dull coat of poly. Not what I really wanted. I finally ended up brushing on the poly, sanding with 500 grit, and then paste wax. I was really hoping for a glass looking finish. never quite got there.
where did I miss the step? or how many steps?
Thanks, Bill
Posted: 1:23 pm on October 28th

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