AGES: Adult

DATE: Weekends throughout the year

TIME: 10am - 4pm

CLASS SIZE: 6 Students

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Inglish

LOCATION: South Lake Union


COST: Members $325 | Non-members $375

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APRIL 6-7, 2019

An Introduction to Brightwork Repair & Maintenance
Christine Jeffko brings her knowledge and experience to share with fellow paint and varnish enthusiasts! Come and participate in a very hands-on two day workshop with an expert who will unravel many of the mysteries of how you, too, can achieve beautiful varnish finishes.

Day One is packed with information! You will learn the skills required to strip old finishes using a hand scraper and heat gun plus all the stages of sanding. You will be guided through using a power sander as well as various hand sanding blocks and all the necessary grades of sandpaper.

On Day Two, the fun continues! Here you will learn about sealers, stains, and varnishes followed by ample opportunity to try your hand at application. Additionally, you will learn the differences between masking products, the use and care of bristle brushes, and how to complete a project with polishing and bedding hardware.

All tools and materials are supplied, but all participants will go home with a very special tool of their own!


Christine has 35 years of experience painting and varnishing woodwork on boats right here in the Pacific Northwest. For 25 years she successfully owned and operated her premier facility–Native Brightworks–on Lake Union in Seattle. There, she was known for the highest quality work and exceptional customer service. Over the years, Christine trained numerous employees in the craft of wood finishing and restoration while at the same time, establishing a hefty portfolio of loyal return customers from throughout the region.

Focusing mainly on traditional oil-based finishes, applied with natural bristle brushes, Christine has a solid working knowledge and true passion for all facets of the trade; from heat gun stripping and fairing to finish sanding and sealing, from priming and caulking to masking and proper cleanup, from building up coats of varnish to applying that flawless topcoat. Additionally, she has substantial experience working with stains, epoxies, canvas decking, and fiberglass, as well as making small wood repairs and re-fastening.

Christine has participated in numerous educational forums within the boating community where she has presented slideshows of her work, lectured, and taught hands-on workshops. She takes pride in sharing her devotion with others in the form of practical knowledge that helps them successfully achieve results that are both gratifying and sustainable. Currently, Christine resides in the South Sound and maintains the finishes on a select number of boats.