French Polishing the First Austrian Guitar

Finally finished cleaning up and started sealing the first guitar here in Graz. One of the many items that didn't make it in the move was the old ratty woolen pad that I used for French polishing. I had been using the same one ever since I began building guitars, but it didn't make sense to bring it. So, I cut up a new/old wool sock and made a new one. It felt sentimental for some reason.\

It's always nice to see how the shellac brings out the grain of the wood. This particular set of Indian rosewood is pretty much perfect. Dark, fine, straight-grained and light. The Spanish cedar has a bit of figure to it bordering on a flame pattern and the spruce is clean, consistant and with plenty of medulary rays.