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To steveduf (and others). Wow. Beautiful restoration work. You previously mentioned the use of English polish. I have not heard of this technique, but judging from the photos it is definitely something I would like to know more about. Please describe it.
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i apologize, it is actually called French polishing
i make my own varnish from shellac flakes and denatured alcohol. I then use a piece of old cotton shirt balled up into another piece of T-shirt and dab up some varnish with it. I rub a small amt of mineral oil on the violin and proceed to “massage” the varnish into the violin with circular motions. The oil keeps the varnish from being too sticky. There are a few good videos on YouTube