Spring Symposium Scheduled March 17 - 19
Finishing professional Peter
Gedrys, who headlined this event 4 years ago, is returning for our annual Spring Symposium.
He will present a slide show of his work on Friday evening the 17th, which is open to all at no charge, followed by the Symposium all day Saturday and Sunday.
Following is general information for the event:
Guild and SAPFM members register by 2/15/17: $85*
Non-Members registration opens after 2/15/17: $130, includes 2017 Guild Membership.
*Guild or SAPFM members
Seating is Limited!
6:30 - 8:00 PM Open to the Public - Free admission
Slide presentation on Peter’s portfolio and Finishing career
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Morning Session
1:30 - 5:00 PM Afternoon Session
9:00 AM Morning Session
1:30 - 4:00 PM Afternoon Session
8560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30022
2017 Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia Spring Symposium
As a restorer, Peter Gedrys' resume includes eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture of American and Continental origin. His architectural projects allow him to reproduce the rich colors and patinas usually reserved for fine antiques. Along with teaching classes in a variety of finishing disciplines, Gedrys regularly contributes finishing articles to Fine Woodworking magazine and is considered to be one of the leading finishers and restoration experts in the Northeast.
When building furniture, the craftsman faces various tasks such as wood selection, designing, milling, and joinery. Yet upon completion it’s only half done. Then there is the question of finishing. With all the myths, recipes and formulas, invariably it becomes confusing and intimidating.
In this symposium a variety of techniques employing dyes, stains, glazes and final finish will be demonstrated. Glazing, which is a translucent color over a sealed surface is one of the finishers most potent and forgiving techniques. Since the surface is sealed you can easily remove a glaze while it is still wet.
A variety of filling techniques will be also be demonstrated. This seminar is designed to take the guesswork out of your next finishing project.
Topics to be covered include:
• Surface preparation
• Wash coatings
• To color or not to color
• Stains and dyes
• Layering color
• Creating visual depth
• Choosing the proper finish
• Finishing the finish
Dyes, Stains and Glazing
One of the biggest difference between a professional and amateur finisher is the ability to control their color. Even those who prefer to finish wood naturally are at odds when faced with glaringly mismatched boards.
The question becomes "Now what!!" Arbitrary staining for staining sake rarely produces satisfactory results and now you've lost control.
This seminar will teach you to control your color not the other way around. A variety of woods will be employed and samples produced.
This will include, but not be limited to:
Antique Golden Brown,
Bleached to simulate satinwood
With all the coatings and myths available, choosing a finish is often a challenge. That's why many have only one finish in their arsenal. This seminar will give you the knowledge and confidence to step outside your comfort zone.
We'll cover all the bases with wiping varnishes, waterborne and shellac. Shellac will be given some extra attention and Peter will show you how to get the most out of this very versatile coating. Applications will include brushing and French polishing
Throughout the weekend Peter will take time to discuss the many aspects of Finishing, resulting in an informative lecture for all skill levels. There will be ample time for questions and interaction.
Expect an enjoyable weekend of woodworking, finishing and an exceptional opportunity to enhance your finishing skills.