Acanthus International’s team goes through a rigorous and extensive training and certification program to ensure our clients the highest quality work and outstanding successes on all our projects. 

These intensive, hands-on  courses are designed using the expert techniques and methods utilized by founder/industry leader Mark Billane and Acanthus International, Inc.  Mr. Billane is an internationally recognized master wood finishing artist and is the owner and  operator of Acanthus International, one of the world’s leading specialized wood refinishing and antique restoration companies.  Mr. Billane’s expertise and the standout work of Acanthus International has been recognized in the world’s leading professional finishing publications including Architectural Digest, Show Boats Magazine, Professional Refinishing Magazine, and Boat International Magazine.  

Each course in the Acanthus curriculum is intensive and covers expectations and expected outcomes in various levels of wood finishing along with appropriate safety precautions for themselves and their work surroundings. Each level of training involves a combination of classroom and hands-on training, along with practical exams.

“Education is the key to our success. Time honored trades are slowly disappearing and at Acanthus we are dedicated to making sure that the art of antique restoration and fine custom finishes are kept alive through the next generation and beyond”- Mark Billane

Wood Finishing Training & Certification

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