Pore Fill!

The L-OO has received a shellac/pumice pore fill, to fill the large pores of the Black Walnut.  Rather than add a heavy, messy layer of pore putty, the pumice process is non-toxic, clean, and beautiful.  The guitar is lightly powdered with the fine pumice, then a 1 lb cut of shellac is polished over top.  The pumice abrades the wood and takes on the color while filling the pores.  It does take some time, and is far easier to partially fill pores, leaving a hint of their presence, rather than to completely fill them and have a glassy surface.  I like it.

Just today, I’ve given the entire guitar a couple of sealer coats of fresh blonde shellac, and although there aren’t pictures, it is beautiful and shiny!  Next up, I’ll level the sealer, and french polish the rest of the finish on the guitar.  While the finish cures, I’ll make the bridge, and go mountain biking!

The back, sides, and neck are finish sanded to p320.

The back, sides, and neck are finish sanded to p320.

The pumice is powdered onto the surface to be filled.

The pumice is powdered onto the surface to be filled.

The pumice is worked into the surface across the grain, first in a circular pattern, then in long cross strokes.

The pumice is worked into the surface across the grain, first in a circular pattern, then in long cross strokes.

Pores Filled!

Pores Filled!

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