About Us

Educated

Our wood craftsmen are graduates of the nation’s only certified wood finishing institute. The never-ending quest for more knowledge is what keeps us interested and always learning.

Experienced

Our experience and knowledge, plus the fact that we really enjoy what we do, is the reason our work is always of superior quality.

OUR TEAM

David Smith

David Smith

President

Graduate of the National Institute of Wood Finishing – 1994
Davills Wood Finishing – Business owner until 2008
Education Director – Hastings Architectural Restoration, Annapolis, MD 2002-06
Visiting Instructor – National Institute of Wood Finishing 98 – 2013
Instructor at Marc Adams School of Woodworking
Fresh Air Finishers – President 2008 – Present

Dave Gunderson

Dave Gunderson

CFO

Graduate of the National Institute of Wood Finishing – 1999
Owned and operated Gunderson Restoration, specializing in Historic woodwork restoration – 2000 – 2008
Featured in American Bungalow Magazine – 2003
Completed woodwork restoration at Floyd B Olson House Minneapolis – 2003
Completed Restoration of all woodwork in Laduc Mansion, Hastings MN – 2004
Featured in the Highland Villager – 2005
Merged business with Davills Wood Finishing to form Fresh Air Finishers – 2008

Mitch Kohanek

Mitch Kohanek

Historic Coatings Consultant

Instructor at the National Institute of Wood Finishing, for 35 years, retired 2013
Interned at the Smithsonian Conservation and Analytical Laboratory
American Institute of Conservation, member
Featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Wood and Fine Woodworking magazines
Instructor for Marc Adams School of Woodworking 1993 – Present
Wood Finishing Consultant to the Wood Finishing Industry
Offers Customized Training: White wood finishing, Color Theory, Spot Repair, Restoration, Wood Finishing
Consultant for FAF – 2013 – present

Rick Bean

Rick Bean

Touch-up Artist / Wood Finisher/ Estimator

Graduate of the National Institute of Wood Finishing – 2001
Wood Finisher – Davills Wood Finishing, St. Paul, MN
Project Manager – Hastings Architectural Restoration, Annapolis, MD
Touch-up Artist – Finish-it Green, Bowie, MD
Touch-up Artist / Wood Finisher – FAF

Ben Myre

Ben Myre

Sales / Touch-up Artist / Wood Finisher

Graduate South East Technical College, Lutherie – 2007
Graduate of the National Institute of Wood Finishing
Furniture Restorer – Macfee Refinishing, Topeka, KS
Touch-up Artist / Wood Finisher – FAF

Jamie Bahrke

Jamie Bahrke

Touch-up Artist / Wood Finisher

Graduate Bemidji State University
Student of Mitch Kohanek, The Wood Finisher