I was thinking about it. I have two violins from the same workshop, they both sound lovely, I love them to bits. One has oil varnish, it's very soft and has raised grain on top, the other one on the top doesn't have any raised grain, it was too shiny and the varnish didn't feel oily at all, so I decided to take the risk and use fine sandpaper on the top, now it looks much better, more natural, thinner, and the shine is gone, so I am glad I took the risk myself. I don't like thick varnish, it doesn't allow the wood to breath at all. So, the shiny look has gone but the grain are still flat, do I like it? Yes, personally I like both, raised or not raised, it doesn't affect the sound, but at the same time I was wondering if I can achieve raised grain with some DIY...
As far as I know, the raised grain can be achieved by:
1)Not using sandpaper before varnishing, but only scraping it.
2)Dampening with a cloth before varnishing.
3)Use a knife edge scraper.
4)Oil drying through the years (but it might take a long time)
5)Cutting with a fine blade between the grain (I don't want to try that one).
And now let's talk finally about 6) my plan...which is to use boiling water, allowing the spruce to absorbe the steam coming from the kettle (violin not too close to the boiling water of course), and hopefully as a result this will create raised grain. What do you think? Has anyone ever tried this simple method?
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