Posted on January 6, 2010April 12, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: Italian Violin Varnishes by George Fry Review: Italian Violin Varnishes by George Fry Reviewed by George Manno Originally published in American Lutherie #7, 1986 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000 Italian Violin Varnishes George Fry Virtuoso Publishers, 1981 Out of print (1999) Any book on making violin varnish, I buy. Halfway through most, I find my money would have been better spent elsewhere. Not so with this well-written conglomeration of facts, recipes, and chemical analyses. A novice with a little experience in varnish making will be able to understand Mr. Fry’s sometimes complex theories. Mr. Fry goes into great detail explaining each and every experiment he made to obtain color, transparency, and consistency of the varnish he thought to be used 250 years ago by the great Italian masters. Unfortunately, some of the materials used in Fry’s experiments are more scarce now than when the book was first published in 1901. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.