Thursday, 30 May 2019
I bought a bottle of dissolved grass tree resin from Gilly Stepehnson many years ago and only used it recently. It gave a nice color and it caused me to investigate the subject further. I liked the idea of making a wood finish from locally collected ingredients. I also began to investigate the subject of home-made varnish generally and began reading about traditional violin varnish. From this I thought of making my own varnish from grass tree resin, gum sandarac, shellac, methylated spirits and maybe some other colorants such as cochineal. This is still in the process of realization. More on this soon.
Sunday, 5 May 2019
Here is the current state of number 37, a nylon strung terz guitar. I wasn't happy with the finish so I decided to redo it, this time with garnet shellac, french polished. That refers to the application of shellac to the sanded timber using a special method.