Vijay Velji grew tired of buying slow-drying, stale shellac. So in 1996, he started Shellac Finishes (shellacfinishes.biz) by importing flakes from India. With encouragement from Fine Woodworking, Velji (center) traveled to India and took photographs of rural shellac production with the help of a guide (left) and a village headman (right). If you have questions, you can email him at [email protected].
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