Judy is a longstanding member of a crucial department in our hotel furniture division: finishing. It’s a department that employs approximately 10 people at any given time, and Judy is a big help in training new team members as roles shift and new people join the Chervin family! But what exactly goes into the role of “Finisher”? The term “finishing” covers a whole lot of ground in our production facilities – each piece of wood and composite must individually go through the finishing process, including being primed and painted, then, depending on the finish the client wants, distressed, buffed, or textured in another way to bring out the rich character of each piece, and ensure the look is just right for the cabinet’s future setting.
Judy works specifically with hotel furniture (including dressers, TV stands, headboards, vanities, front desks, and many other handcrafted elements that go into creating a hospitable and beautiful environment). Her role is to apply the top coat lacquer to every piece coming down the finishing line – the final step before all those pieces arrive in assembly to be put together as one stunning unit. Lacquer is a protective top coat that is sprayed onto finished pieces of wood, that often also gives them a subtle but beautiful shine. Judy told us she has seen a lot of the modern high gloss style coming through lately, which means she is keeping busy applying a solid coat of shiny lacquer to each of those projects! Her personal preference, though, is a dark wood with a low sheen finish.
In the end, no matter what style she is working with, Judy just wants to do her part to make the final product look as good as it can. Her most rewarding days are when a product looks amazing thanks to her dedication to patience, practice, and consistency. She is especially excited to be moved into our brand-new production facility in St. Clements, where she has more space to work and a fresh, bright environment where she can continue learning and perfecting her trade!