Varnish & Finishing

In the first part of this study I constructed a viola emphasizing a part of the construction process, the carving, […]

My father was a sculptorĀ  who worked in everything from marble and bronze to sintered sandĀ  and telegraph poles. in […]

A letter from Stradivari to a patron blames the lack of sunshine for his inability to fill an order for instrument in a timely manner. Oil based varnishes require ultra violet (UV) light to cure and apart from being evidence that Strad’s varnish was probably oil based, Strad’s message is also a comment on the unreliability of the sun as a UV source.