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Varnish is complete on the Lion-head viola.

Posted by Chet Bishop on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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I was getting pretty worried: I had decided to try adding some dark brown to darken things up a bit. Initially, I was pretty grieved at the change, as it was way too dark, but I kept brushing it out and evening things up, and eventually, it wasn't too bad, so I sanded it pretty thoroughly with worn 400-grit, to take the worst dark areas back just a little, then added one more coat of amber and called it quits.

I will still have to complete the rubbing out of the varnish and the final setup of the instrument, but I expect to have it playing by Friday. Here are some current photos:

Front of lion head viola with final varnish

Front of lion head viola with final varnish

 

Side of lion head viola with final varnish

Side of lion head viola with final varnish
Back of lion head viola with final varnish

Back of lion head viola with final varnish

Scroll of lion-head viola with final varnish

Scroll of lion-head viola with final varnish

Side of lion head scroll with final varnish

Side of lion head scroll with final varnish

I am sure there will be minor retouches to do after everything is complete, but this is pretty much what it is going to look like. I like the way the big leaf maple is glowing under the varnish, and even the hard rock maple scroll seems to glow a little. I hope it plays well. :-)



2 comments on “Varnish is complete on the Lion-head viola.”

Swing Says:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @8:49:37 AM

That looks really nice, I am sure that the owner is going to enjoy that instrument

Play Happy

Swing

Chet Bishop Says:
Thursday, September 19, 2013 @6:08:47 AM

I hope you are right...just gotta find a buyer. :-)
Thanks for the encouragement.

Chet

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