Historic Finishes Class on Varnishes, Stains, Dyes and Wax

Historic Finishes Class on Varnishes, Stains, Dyes and Wax to be held in St. Cloud

Taught by Mark Johnston of Historic Design Consulting, this brand new class introduces you to wood finishes commonly found in older homes. Mark will discuss the differences between varnishes, stains, dyes and wax.  He will describe how to identify finishes in your home and will demonstrate best practices for application, cleaning and repair.

You will have the opportunity to practice these techniques at the ca. 1912 Sheehan House in St. Cloud’s South Side Historic University Neighborhood. The two and one-half story Craftsman home was originally owned by Catherine Sheehan and her daughters, Josephine and Katherine. The Sheehans were relatives of local lumber and railroad businessmen, the Foley brothers. The town of Foley near St. Cloud was named for John Foley, the youngest of the four brothers. Current owners, Tom and Mary Mathews, have lovingly cared for the home since they purchased it in the 1970s. It’s worth a visit!

Come to this class with all your questions and curiosities about historic wood finishes. We will supply the tools and materials. Join us May 7th, 9 a.m. to noon!

Questions about registration prices, COVID-19 protocol, or refunds/cancellations? Read our Need-to-Know page.

This class is brought to you by Rethos: Places Reimagined and the Morrison County Historical Society, its Central Minnesota Education Coordinator. The program has been financed in part by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

General admission for each class is $35. A Pay What You Can option is also available. Register at https://www.rethos.org/classes

Historic Finishes: Varnish, Stains, Dyes and Wax
Saturday, May 7th, 9 a.m.-Noon

315 Third Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

$35 – General Admission

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