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Bruce Johnson

LET EXPERT BRUCE JOHNSON HELP YOU WITH ALL YOUR WOODWORKING PROJECTS

Author-craftsman Bruce Johnson has introduced millions of do-it-yourselfers, craftspeople and antique collectors to the world of wood finishing and antique restoration. As the official spokesperson for Minwax®, Bruce motivates people to take the initiative to beautify their surroundings. Through his many books, magazine articles and columns, as well as frequent appearances on national television talk shows, Bruce is recognized as an authority in the do-it-yourself community. Appearing on PBS, HGTV, The Discovery Channel, and currently hosting "DIY Woodworking" and "Build A Log Cabin" on the new DIY cable network, Bruce has brought the illustrious craft of wood finishing to the forefront of the American home.

An expert in wood refinishing, antique restoration, and home improvement, Bruce has published more than a dozen books on these topics, including Fifty Simple Ways To Save Your House, The Wood Finisher, The Weekend Refinisher, and The Official Identification and Price Guide to the Arts and Crafts Movement. His antique refinishing advice column, "Knock on Wood," ran for more than two decades in 20 antique/collectibles publications.

A rare combination of craftsman and journalist, Bruce began his career as a high school English teacher, but left teaching to set up his "Knock on Wood Antique Repair & Restoration" shop. He spent the next 10 years as a full-time professional refinisher, but eventually returned to writing. Yet, Bruce says, he won't ever be without a workbench and a couple of refinishing projects down in the basement.

Bruce is also the founder and director of the Arts and Crafts Conference and Antique Show held every February in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Grove Park Inn. The conference, which includes the largest Arts and Crafts antiques show, attracts more than 1500 Arts and Crafts collectors each year to its many seminars, tours, demonstrations and exhibits. Bruce is proud to have played a role in reviving interest in designers like Gustav Stickley, who founded the Arts and Crafts movement. These furnishings are treasured by such collectors as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis, among many others.