I don't use a lot of varnish in my work. I try to make a match/compromise
between the protection something needs and the particular "look" I or the
person receiving the work wants.
Varnish is a fine finish and I'm not going to dispute that and see no reason
why you should have to defend your use of it.
But, at the same time I hope you are not looking at those of us who avoid
varnish and only use it if absolutely necessary as shellackeys snobs. It
puts you at the same level as Jaques.
I can't speak for others but I avoid it's use because about eighty percent
of the time a piece doesn't need all that protection and, since any building
finish, when first applied, does have a superficial surface gloss, varnish
more so then most, I am compelled to rub out the finish to get the
appearance of depth that I feel is lacking.
Frankly, because varnish is as protective as it is, for that eighty five
percent of the time the protection is not needed, rubbing it out is just
plain to much work for too little a return.
What I am trying to say is please don't become a reverse finishing snob. All
finishes have their place and it doesn't take 40 or 50 coats of shellac to
give you a very nice finish. Experiment, expand on your finishing tools,
and, by all means, try rubbing out a finish and see what it can do for you
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