This is a unique step by step instructional guide for violin restorers and people wanting to understand retouching. It is illustrated with color photography which enhances its value as a teaching manual, and printed in a format that is easy to use at the workbench.
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Brian followed his parents in becoming a mechanical artist, employed by ABC and CBS in Manhattan for over a decade. As the graphic arts profession digitalized he adapted to graphics programs on computer, the result of which you see here. His interest in music and art restoration led him to study first with local artisans at his home in Colorado, and then to relocate to New England to study with masters there. His workshop is in Danbury, Connecticut, where he serves the local area, but most of his business is with clients who ship instruments from around the country. He works with his wife Kathleen.Review:
"This is a valuable book. Brian Epp very clearly describes his retouching process, starting with viewpoint, perception and learning how to look at things; how to look at color and especially the graduations of color associated with the wood's grain and figure, as well as any shading and antiquing present in the original finish. I found many useful tips here, a very good procedural sequence. An excellent discussion of tools, materials and methods." --David Brownell, MVA Newsletter No. 77, October 2009
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