Canadian Wood Finishers Benefit from New Partnership

posted by Rich Christianson | Posted: 04/05/2014 11:34AM


KITCHENER, ON - The Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA) and Conestoga College are collaborating on a skills enhancement program for experienced wood spray finishers.

The first part of the training, a classroom program planned for April 24 in Walkerton, will be presented by instructors of Conestoga College's Woodworking Centre of Ontario. It will include theory and training using a spray finishing simulator designed to help finishers improve their spray techniques that was displayed at the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo in Toronto. The simulator allows trainees to spray pieces projected on a screen. The simulator's software program calculates the efficiency and coverage of the spraying that is done with a real spray gun, but without any actual coatings flying.

Wood products companies also can sign up for part 2 of the program and bring the Conestoga College instructor into their facility to train their entire finishing staff in one day on techniques and methods to spray more effectively. In addition, the instructor will monitor and evaluate the company's finishing set-up and current performance.

Both finishing programs are open to BWA members as well as all other interested woodworkers.

For more details, like content, availability, location and time please visit Bluewater Wood Alliance’s website at

The Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA) is a manufacturing cluster made up of more than 55 wood products manufacturers and suppliers. BWA member companies collaborate on projects and value-added networking events.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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