12/21/2000 – (1 thru 4) Great care is given throughout the making of the cello to protect the grain of the wood from any contamination, say with glue, for example, which will seal the wood and create an unsightly light blotch where it will effectively prevent the even acceptance of intended sealer or wood coloring agent. The wood surface is left as the sharp edge of the scraper leaves it and is kept scrupulously clean. This virginal and pristine surface now awaits a big change.
Before beginning, I take the fingerboard off to allow varnish application underneath it and put a temporary protector on the neck in its place . The first step in the varnishing process is a combination of coloring the wood and sealing the grain to prevent it from becoming stained by the intensely pigmented varnish. These images show the very earliest start of the varnishing.
Though the changes of varnish color and hue will change subtly, and may be inadequately represented by differences in lighting conditions and the the limitations of this camera, I will nevertheless try to give you every stage along the way.