Greg Johnson is making an encore presentation to the RWS community. Members who attended his presentation in 2013 will be able to catch up on the latest developments in furniture finishing and restoration, while old and new members alike will take home information and ideas to apply to their next project.

Greg will present a talk and workshop on the weekend of January 20, 2017. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 20 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College. His workshop will be held at Greg’s workshop in Avon (see workshops page for details) on Saturday, January 21 starting at 9 a.m. Workshop Registration

Every woodworker who has built or restored a piece of furniture knows the anxiety felt when approaching the final step in the process – selecting and applying the finish. Make one wrong move and you’ve ruined a project that took days or weeks to complete. Greg Johnson faces that situation every day and does so with ease. He has been in the furniture making trade for over 40 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative wood finishers in America.

Greg began working at his father’s cabinet making and restoration shop in Maryland in the early 1970’s. After completing a two year furniture making program in 1981 at the Worcester Center for Crafts he worked at his brother Tom’s restoration shop in Boston. It was during this time Greg found his niche in wood finishing. In 1989 he became the principal finisher for designer Wendell Castle in Scottsville, NY. In 2000 Greg took a management position running the finishing department at a new production company, the Wendell Castle Collection. In April of 2005 Greg went into his own business full time. He offers of full range of services including restoration, conservation and custom finishing. In addition to his duties at Johnson Furniture Restoration, Greg served as a presenter at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and contributed to the ” Woodworking in Action” DVD.


Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out the Silent Auction Form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).