A friend of mine who attended The College of the Red Woods many years ago mentioned burnishing wood with handplane shavings. Apparently simply grabbign a handful of shavings and vigerously rubbing your workpiece with them will leave an amazingly glass smoothe finish.
What exactly is happening to the wood fibers to produce this finish?
What is the best way to accomplish this?
Is there a specific wood tht produces a better finish, or do you burnish with shavings of the same species you are workign with?