A Traditional French Polish
For depth and clarity, no other finish comes close
Synopsis: Sean Clarke studied the intricacies of French polishing under French masters, and demonstrates his knowledge in this article. Clarke shares the recipe he’s been using for 18 years, and offers instruction for preparing the surface, applying the finish, and rubbing it out to create a classic aged result. The aim of French polishing is to use as little material as possible to gain the most effect. The article also illustrates application techniques and advice on picking the right supplies.
I became hooked on French polishing at age 15, when I apprenticed with a large firm of period furniture makers in London. I instantly wanted to pursue this incredible art form, and for the following three years I learned all aspects of the craft by studying under master French polishers. The aim of this technique, developed in France around 1820, is to use as little material as possible to gain…