‘Adventures in Wood Finishing’ by George Frank. Heard about this book in one of my forums- found an first edition (1981) on Amazon for a dollar. Wow. Some serious old-world knowledge going on in here… “Cuban mahogany is the color of raw steak. Sponge it with a solution of potassium dichromate and its color deepens considerably. Not only does it become a dark rusty red, but the contrast between the light and dark markings is accentuated…Napoleon’s craftsmen often used this process…”
That is really neat and I want an edition! Also, I feel like all woodworking books should be titled “Adventures in…” because it’s true. Also, also: putting this out there publicly, that guitar design is beautiful. And I think I now want to post some Ervin Somogyi guitars. I don’t know why I haven’t before, considering how I lust for several.