Classical Italian Varnish

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There's no escaping the fact that classical Cremonese varnishes are magical, both optically and tonally. But what makes a beautiful varnish so elusive?  Part of the answer lies in demystifying much of what has been written and said about classical varnishes and focusing on historically accurate formulas and materials as well as looking at varnishing as a process or series of critical stages, each of which is essential for a successful outcome. 

In this intensive five-day workshop, Christopher Germain guides you through the entire varnishing process, including wood finishing and texture, priming, grounding varnish recipes, pigment making, and application. Each participant should bring a violin or viola ready for varnishing (no cellos please). You will come away with a greater understanding of the varnishing process as well as greater confidence in the outcome. Pre-requisite: you must be familiar with oil varnish application.  This course requires instructor approval so list all your experience in the space provided on the application.  If you have not varnished an instrument before, please consider 'Fundamentals of Oil Varnish' before attending this course.

In order to get the most out of the workshop, work will begin on Sunday evening at 7:00 P.M. 

Tuition includes materials. 

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