Varnish at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute

Varnish Instructors

Michael Anthony Daddona

Michael began his career in woodworking as a furniture maker about twenty-five years ago. His deep love of music and desire to refine his hand skills led him to seek out training in violin making. He entered into a formal apprenticeship with Francis Morris after spending a summer as a student at the UNH Violin Craftsmanship Institute.



A Varnisher's Toolbox: The Basics of Varnishing a Violin

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A few hundred years of secretive craft practices and vague terminology in ancient art books has rendered the term ‘varnish’ loaded. This course will attempt to break through the confusion of 'magic ingredients’ and 'lost recipes’ and instead focus on an overall theory of varnishing. A basic coating will be created made up of discrete layers using traditional materials and methods.