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hello everyone my interest in wood finishes led me to your group im a knife and tool maker who is always looking to expand upon my knowledge Ive been dabbling in basic shellacs and polish techniques but am woefully ignorant of this fascinating subject. I definitely would prefer to formulate my own recipes and as such i was wondering if I could impose upon you all for some reference materials on 18th and 19th century shellacs, varnishes and polishes? my reasoning here being that instruments obviously are handled a lot and any finish that can stand up to the rigors of instrumental use would be perfect for much of what I make...which is primarily knives and some tooling. that brings me to my second request. what suggested sources or readings would you recommend for tooling of the luthier of the same time period? Im always looking to make something new as a form of relaxation from my usual work which is mostly kitchen steels....a fella needs a break now and then, and to be blunt im a little odd in that nothing says fun to me like forging a scorp or spokeshave blade *grins* thank you very much for your consideration and any help proffered. Shane Stainton
As I prepare to make some Nigo polish I noticed it calls for white shellac, which i don't have. Is this very different from blonde shellac, which I have? If these are two distinct varieties of shellac, will using blonde shellac be ok...is this actually close to being the "white" shellac referred to in the mid 20th century? Is white shellac a natural product that I should be hunting around for just to make polish?? A cursory googling says it is not, but I don't know. If I sound like I have no clue, that's because I don't. Tia to those willing to answer such a simple question.