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2017 Spring Symposium

March 17-19, 2017

Dyes, Stains & Glazing Methods 


Peter Gedrys Professional
Finisher and
Of Architectural
Finishes, LLC



March 17th - 19th 2017

Friday, 6:30-8:00 pm Intro on Presentation - Open to the public

Free admission - all invited to meet with Peter

Weekend Paid Presentation

Saturday, 8:30am Registration   Presentation 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


8560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30022




Guild & SAPFM Members $85 / Non-members $130 (before 2/15/16)

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The Presenter: Peter Gedrys As a restorer, his 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.



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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 guess work out of your next finishing project.


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Demonstrations will provide information useful to all skill level woodworkers, novice and expert alike.





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Friday evening discussion starts with Peter showing images of his work and life, He will talk about the ability to control different woods color and techniques involved.









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.

Our exercise will include:

Turning poplar into cherry

Antique Maple

Golden Brown Mahogany

Painted Distressed Pine

Craftsman Oak

Please feel free to bring photos of finishes you'd like to replicate. We'll do as many as time allows.



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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. Spray guns and lacquers will finish up the day.


Expect an enjoyable weekend of wood-working and an exceptional opportunity to enhance your understanding of power and hand tool skills. 


Registration deadline 2/15/17

Guild & SAPFM Members $85

Non-members $130*

 *Includes full 2017 Guild membership.

Online Registration with Paypal


Directions: The Symposium will be held at Woodcraft 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30022 770-587-3372 Take Georgia 400 to Holcomb Bridge Rd. (Northbound- Exit 7A; Southbound Exit 7). Go East on Holcomb Bridge approx 3.5 miles. Rivermont Shopping Center is at the Southeast corner of Holcomb Bridge Rd & Nesbit Ferry Rd..


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