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  1. That's a very interesting thread, thanks for that link and also the link to the original paper. There's a lot more detail there which will take me some time to absorb. One reason I found the article interesting is that I'm not entirely happy with 'what I now have' the varnish dries to slowly in the interesting British climate and the ground lacks a little lustre and could be harder. It's interesting that in that thread it is mentioned that the pumice 'rubble' in the woods pores could be from a pre varnish wood treatment as this was my instinct.
  2. Yes, it was much discussed when I was at Newark many moons ago. The analytical process has much improved since then, I think giving us more practical information to play with.
  3. I have been a long time lurker around here but this is my first question. I'm interested to hear peoples thoughts on this article about mineral content in historical varnish and grounds. It seems to based on strong scientific research. Are any makers on here already using pumice etc. in their varnish making/finishing processes? Perhaps this kind of research will inspire people to experiment? I, for one, am certainly intrigued enough to dig out my bag of pumice!
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