In the guitar world, the term “French polish” is understood to be the finish applied to most fine old musical instruments in Europe, and now to the majority of fine classical guitars handmade today
|Date(s):||March 14, 2020 – full day||March 14, 2020 – morning only|
|Time:||9am – 3pm (6 hrs)||9am – 12noon (3hrs)|
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Course Fee: $150 for the full 6 hours (includes lunch); $70 for the morning only
Instructor: Bruce Scism
Class Description: French polish, as a guitar finish, is generally regarded as the best finish for tone, and the beauty of the wood under this finish is undisputed. It is a process that is very “organic”, very personal and tactile. The finisher can watch the surface closely and can minutely adjust material and method as the finish slowly builds and improves through multiple polishing sessions. Applying a French Polish does not require any expensive equipment of materials. The vapor and material are not hazardous or toxic, so it can be done is small spaces without the need for air ventilation or a face mask.
In preparation for learning the French polishing technique, we will start with thorough directions for making the cotton application pads, for preparing the shellac solution, and guidelines for using the alcohol, oil, and polish during the French polishing process. After these physical elements are described, we will move forward with a detailed description of the use of the pad to build a French polished shellac finish.
As these elements are more thoroughly understood and practiced by the finisher the easier and simpler the French polishing process will become.
- Preparing the surface for a finish
- Selecting and preparing French Polish pads
- Preparing shellac solutions
- Application processes
- Judging the finish
Class Size: 3 – 8 students
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