Violin Varnish

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Notes and articles from the workshop of Koen Padding. Edited by Helen Michetschläger.

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Review in The Strad, Joe Robson, February 2016: ‘Violin Varnish, Notes and Articles from the Workshop of Koen Padding’, by Helen Michetschläger:

It is not just the ‘secrets’ of classical varnish making that have been lost over the centuries; beyond the valuable contents of this book is an underlying understanding that is Padding’s great contribution to violin making: he gave us a language that had been lost.

Padding compiled a set of terms that paralleled the application process: priming, sealing, grounding, painting and varnishing. Whether one is using his own self-titled ‘Byzantine System’ or any other varnishing sequence, his terminology applies. Prior to his work the discussion of varnish and varnishing was at a loss for words.

His works set out terms for discussing varnish, varnishing, and observing varnish that have become accepted and invaluable additions to the lexicon of the violin trade.

Helen Michetschläger’s book is an essential text on the subject of violin varnish.

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Weight .648 kg
Dimensions 25 x 18 x 1.5 cm
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Contents
  • The background of the Magister, by John Dilworth
  • Koen Padding talks to Roger Hargrave about his quest for the perfect varnish
  • A rational look at the classical Italian coatings
  • A fresh look at Sacconi’s varnish results
  • An attempt at explaining the illusory aspects of classical violin varnishes
  • Interpreting manuscripts and understanding techniques of the past
  • The Magister varnishing system
  • Varnish components and formulation
  • The used of ultraviolet light sources in lutherie
  • Through thick and thin
  • The use of horsetail (equisetum)
  • Hatching alchemy from an egg

Afterword

Appendices

  1. The Magister product range
  2. Varnish materials and equipment left from Koen Padding’s workshop
  3. Materials purchased by Koen Padding
  4. A scientific analysis of Magister products by Dr Elisabeth Jägers and Dr Erhard Jägers
  5. Credits and acknowledgements
  6. Bibliography
  7. Subscribers
  8. Index
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