Thursday, March 10, 2011

Classes are a go. Here's the information:

I've had enough interest to go ahead and schedule these classes. They will be held @ 6415 N. Florida Ave. Tampa 33604. This is going to be next door to our retail location Kaleidoscope partly outside for the sanding / dissasambly portion and inside for the actual finish application.
I'm tentatively setting the dates as follows:
Three consecutive Sundays from 3/20 through 4/3 @ 9:15-10:45 AM.
Hopefully not too early for you late risers and early enough so it doesn't ruin your plans for the day.
I hope to get a good jump on your project in the first week and cover a lot of ground. There will be information on basic techniques for all aspects covering everything from identification all the way through the finishing process during the 3 week course. Hopefully you already have a piece that you would like to refinish. If so please let me know what you plan to bring to class (item # would be great) so I can have the proper tools on hand. Some pieces require imaginative processes!
If you do not already own a 5" orbital sander with a hook and loop pad, I would seriously recommend the investment. They can be purchased at any home improvement store for about $60-$70 or less. I personally use Dewalt equipment and have had excellent luck and many years of use but you can find less expensive brands with the same hook and loop paper exchange. I will supply the sandpaper for this class. I would not recommend hand sanding with a sanding block and loose paper although you will need some loose sheets in the long term. It is way too time intensive. I do not use chemical strippers and don't recommend them. If you decide after the class you want to use that's completely up to you.
If you have a pair of folding plastic sawhorses please bring them if you have the means. The finish process requires laying out parts after sanding and refinishing for the drying process.
An old sheet or table cloth.
Some clean preferably white cotton rags. Old tee-shirts work well. I will have some if you don't but you will need in the long term anyway so hunt through your drawers.
If you own one, bring a cordless screwdriver or drill and both #2 and #3 phillips bits. Most of H/W pieces are assembled with these although I've seen some straight head screws used. Might want to bring a multi-head scrw driver as well.

I will need a $70 deposit to secure your place in class and to cover supplies. The balance will be due at the start of class on Sunday 3/20. Due to projected interest the deposit will not be refundable and will secure your place in class. Please remit before Friday 3/18. Please make checks payable to:
David Call
These can be sent to Kaliedoscope at 6415 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33604
If you have any need for more information please feel free to contact me.
Thanks a bunch for your interest and look forward to seeing you in class. What you will learn will serve you well for many pieces to come!
David Call
A Modern Line

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Classes for refinishing Heywood Wakefied furniture

For all of those who may be Heywood Wakefield fans or collectors, I'm feeling the waters to see if anyone is interested in taking a 3 week, one day a week course on how to refinsh your piece(s).
I'm considering a course of about an hour and a half sometime on Sunday morning for 3 consecutive weeks starting in late March, early April. in the Seminle Heights neighborhood of Tampa. I would like to start with about 4-5 people per class so if you're interested please let me know ASAP.
This would be a very comprehensve course covering a breif history of the company, item identification, what to look for when buying a piece, valuation, proper disasembly procedure, tools you'll need and the best way to get your piece back to original condition. It will extensively cover sanding and finish procedures and reassembly. I would like to have people that sign up to have a piece that they want to refinish as this will be a hands on class and we would work on the pieces collectively.
The price would be $210 for all 3 weeks including supplies.
If you're interested please contact me at or or through this blog and I can give you more details if you have an interest.
All you need is a great attitude, a lot of patience, and maybe some investment in some needed tools...