Join Ed Gonet and learn time-tested historic techniques in faux wood graining and marbling.
Ed Gonet has been in business since 1995 and resides in Springfield, Illinois, a town steeped in history. One of the first to take a one-on-one master’s class with Mike MacNeil, Ed explored the rich history of faux painting where and learned techniques from Thomas Kershaw, a famous marbler and grainer of the mid 1800’s. Ed was given access to Thomas Kershaw’s recipes, which he has been playing with and tweaking in every way an artist does until they become their own. After hours of perfecting the recipes, he developed results he was thrilled with and continues to use successfully to this day.
Through step-by-step instruction, Ed will teach the formulas he uses to create a foundation of wood graining and marbling that most people will never come across through books. There isn’t anything like the concepts he is doing.
Artisan, Ed Gonet, has been in business since 1995 and resides in Springfield, Illinois. In a town rich with history, his passion to preserve time-tested craftsmanship spurs him to continue to hone his profession.
Restoring homes and businesses to their former glory, such as the work he has done in the Lincoln Museum and The Edwards Place, are a few of his all-time favorites. No matter if the job is residential or commercial, neither is too big or too small for Ed.
When his schedule allows, he travels to teach historic techniques. He employs unique, subtle, and refined techniques that he’s refined over his years as a faux finisher. His style compliments his client’s furniture and artwork, making it a part of the background, lending beauty and texture, affecting the subconscious and blending rather than boldly shouting its presence on the walls.
For more information about Ed Gonet or Gonet Design Corporation please call 217.741.9690
Tonachino Firenze™ is a natural lime-based plaster which is used as a decorative wall covering system. This modern version of an early Italian plaster can be used to create magnificent exterior and interior finishes. Its natural makeup allows the Firenze™ to replicate the authentic “Old-World” sand finish.
With a unique blend of natural ingredients, like slaked lime, river sands, and marble dust, along with polymer admixtures, Firenze ™ possesses suburb adhesion, durability, and water repellency.
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Use stainless steel trowel to apply Tonachino Firenze™.
First coat – Apply first coat in the same fashion you would apply a standard joint compound: in a smooth even fashion leaving a wet edge to avoid lap marks. While the plaster is still moist, it is recommended to use a wet sponge or a plastic float to create a more uniform design. Allow at least 12 hours to dry.
Second coat – If required to smooth, lightly sand first coat with 180-320 grit sandpaper before proceeding. Apply second coat in the same manner as first coat. While Firenze ™ is still moist, it is recommended to use a wet sponge or a plastic float to create a more uniform design. Avoid formation of dark trowel marks.
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