Since we do not finish instruments ourselves, our knowledge of techniques,
formulas, etc. is necessarily second hand and we do not feel
qualified to give advice. There are several excellent books on this subject
which we can recommend and they are:
Varnishes by Hammerl. They make the products!
and the Most Curious Secrets. Cremona 1747. First English translation
of this 1747 varnish recipe collection from Cremona.
Sections of Art
and Method of the Violinmaker, Violinmakers
Notebook, and Violin
Making Step by Step books by Henry Strobel also contain worthwhile
varnishing information (Violin Making Step By Step is a two volume set -
our item #'s BOOKS109 & BOOKS110).
All these books, plus many more (new edition of The
Secrets of Stradivari by Sacconi available now, which has information
about these matters, pg. 111) are available from us. Please look in the
book section of our