Helen M

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  1. As part of my project to produce a book of Koen Padding's varnish expertise, I have been helping the family to sell the contents of his workshop. Amongst the varnish materials was this container. Its contents look like this on maple. I can possibly explain the first two ingredients. "Cremonese" could be the dried bark of Cortex Frangulae, (Rhamnus Frangula, Alder Buckthorn) which yields a strong yellow dye in water; Koen stored this in a plastic container labelled "Cremonese". He also had a packet of cola nuts, the "Cola Noten". What KGN or KQN is I have no idea. What this mixture might b
  2. Thanks, Ernie. There has been lots of interest in this book, which is very heartening. I will certainly post on Maestronet when it is ready.
  3. Please contact us if you can help with this new project. We are putting together a book of Koen Padding's varnish expertise. This will include the articles he wrote, transcripts of the talks he gave and most importantly, we are gathering up all the information he passed on so generously to customers and colleagues. We are looking for any material you might have from Koen do do with varnishing. This might include information such as how to apply varnishes and grounds, wood preparation, pigments, use of solvents, how to avoid varnish faults etc. It's particularly useful to have informatio