French Polishing Demystified
Too often in life an “expert” seeks to make a technique or process seem more complicated than it really is. Sometimes this is because they aren’t really an expert in that field and are merely passing on second hand knowledge, at other times I think it is merely to make themselves appear more important. It was gratifying to watch Vijay Velji’s DVD French Polish Like a Pro. Not only is it a mere 30 mins, unlike some multi-hour marathons I’ve sat through, but it clearly explains the process of French polishing from surface preparation to final burnishing. Velji is an importer of shellac flakes from India so he knows the raw material, and he is at pains to debunk the myth that a shellac finish is vulnerable to water and alcohol, even sacrificing some of his single malt scotch!
Using a beautiful demilune card table as a prop, Velji shows you how to fill the wood’s pores, how to make and use a polishing pad, how to build the body of the finish, and how to burnish the surface. The final result is so beautiful you want to run out to the shop and start polishing right away.
The DVD is available for $24.95 plus $5.10 s&h from www.shellacfinishes.biz.