In one of the most useful books on the subject, the writings of the late Koen Padding appear for the first time in one collection.
Koen was known to violin makers worldwide through his Magister company, which produced and researched varnish materials based on historical sources.
This book comprises all the articles and notes he wrote on the subject. The text has been enlarged with the inclusion of advice and insights that Koen gave personally to users of Magister products. It provides a wealth of information from practical varnishing techniques to the history and analysis of classical coatings including the influence of alchemy.
Lists of materials left in the workshop at Koen’s death are included as well as details of purchases made from his principal suppliers to help those who wish to develop their own materials.
"When you first pick up this book there is a sense of substance: it has heavy covers, beautiful photographs and good paper. This is a book intended to survive through many readings. The impression carries over into the research and re-assembly of the work of Koen Padding... Helen Michetschläger's book will be an essential text on the subject of violin varnish."Joe Robson, THE STRAD, February 2016