French Polish: A Modern Approach for Luthiers & Woodworkers with Robbie O’Brien September 24-25, 2022

A shellac finish applied using the French polish method has traditionally been viewed as a long and complicated process; but it doesn’t have to be. In this class Robbie will cover the history and types of shellac, how to prepare shellac from flakes, surface prep, pore filling, products and techniques, and most importantly, the technique he uses to completely finish a guitar in as little as a day. Students will learn how to use this versatile and very appealing finish using Robbie’s modern approach. Students are welcome to bring guitars or other instruments as well as other small projects to work on in the class.


Saturday - Sunday Sep 24 - 25, 2022
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