The varnish and the method of finishing of the instrument allows us to magnify the aesthetic qualities of the wood, but they also condition the sound to the extent that the composition, the hardness or the flexibility of the varnish affect the qualities of emission and the timbre of the instrument.
In this regard, Tony works closely with chemists and gemmers (resin harvesters) at the local level and develops his own varnish recipes based on his research and historical processes.
He uses an oil varnish that he cooks himself and emphasizes its flexibility, transparency, color and strength. It is very pleasant to play with the different textures offered by these varnishes and the type of finish, pristine or antiqued, that the musician desires.
The use of traditional pigments such as madder Lake, cochineal Carmine and Stil de Grain are also preferred. His violin varnishes are free of metal salts such as lead, and he uses only essential oils of pine and lavender for their quality and safety of use.
Responding to a growing demand from professionals, Tony now offers a range of oil varnishes that he has
developed over the past ten years. Since 2018 he has also started teaching and offers master classes over
several days covering the cooking, application and finishing of varnishes. (see the Varnish course page)