Bill has refinished and restored furniture since working for antique dealers while in high school and college. And he became a partner in an antique shop right out of graduate school. Over the years his interest in painted furniture finishing developed through exposure to many historical examples. To deepen his understanding of these techniques Bill studied decorative finishing with the well known Marx family on Long Island NY. While he employs many mediums he mostly employs the historical technique of vinegar painting.
Vinegar painting allows for the creation of a wide range of unusual textural and color effects. Bill mostly works on vintage furniture from the 1920’s through the 1960’s when manufactured furniture was all wood and generally well made. Much of Bill’s work is for clients with existing pieces which they want to enliven with Bill’s treatment. He also partners with furniture makers when individuals require a specific style or size.