Sebastian: Here we go again into varnish land… Step 1: Balsam Ground #1 The first part of varnishing is to prepare the wood for the varnish. A ground coat is everything that goes into the wood, the later varnish coats go on top of the wood. Balsam Ground #1 puts balsam pitch down into the wood’s cell structure, its the first part of a mordant on mordant process that will coat the cell walls, but not seal (or clog) up the cells. We want the cells to be as free as possible to sing, also we want to protect the wood, and let the light enter the cells, then bounce back in all the brilliance the wood can support. Not only does a violin need to sound pretty, it needs to look pretty too. Balsam Ground #1 is applied straight from the bottle. It is alcohol based, so it dries very quickly. The tendency is to put more on than you need. Keep track of where you brushed and move on. It dries so fast that you will think you missed areas. I always dab a bit extra where end grain is exposed

Sebastian: Here we go again into varnish land… Step 1: Balsam Ground #1 The first part of varnishing is to prepare the wood for the varnish. A ground coat is everything that goes into the wood, the later varnish coats go on top of the wood. Balsam Ground #1 puts balsam pitch down into the wood’s cell structure, its the first part of a mordant on mordant process that will coat the cell walls, but not seal (or clog) up the cells. We want the cells to be as free as possible to sing, also we want to protect the wood, and let the light enter the cells, then bounce back in all the brilliance the wood can support. Not only does a violin need to sound pretty, it needs to look pretty too. 
Balsam Ground #1 is applied straight from the bottle. It is alcohol based, so it dries very quickly. The tendency is to put more on than you need. Keep track of where you brushed and move on. It dries so fast that you will think you missed areas. I always dab a bit extra where end grain is exposed

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Sebastian: Here we go again into varnish land… Step 1: Balsam Ground #1 The first part of varnishing is to prepare the wood for the varnish. A ground coat is everything that goes into the wood, the later varnish coats go on top of the wood. Balsam Ground #1 puts balsam pitch down into the wood’s cell structure, its the first part of a mordant on mordant process that will coat the cell walls, but not seal (or clog) up the cells. We want the cells to be as free as possible to sing, also we want to protect the wood, and let the light enter the cells, then bounce back in all the brilliance the wood can support. Not only does a violin need to sound pretty, it needs to look pretty too.
Balsam Ground #1 is applied straight from the bottle. It is alcohol based, so it dries very quickly. The tendency is to put more on than you need. Keep track of where you brushed and move on. It dries so fast that you will think you missed areas. I always dab a bit extra where end grain is exposed.

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