Joseph Calci (top) is the apprentice training
coordinator for the painter's union in Boston,
Mass. John Canning (bottom) is a painting
contractor in Southington, Conn.
Applying stains and clear finishes to interior woodwork
is more complicated today than in the past. The quality
of millwork isn't what it used to be. And fast-track production
schedules create conflict with other trades. But
good craftsmanship can overcome many scheduling and
To find out how painting pros approach a finishing
job, JLC interviewed Joseph Calci and John Canning.
Together, they have 68 years experience in the trade.
Calci is the apprentice training coordinator for the
painter's union in Boston, Mass., and Canning is a