We have seen the ubiquitous flat, high gloss soundboard finish countless times. Here is the much more organic scraped finish, embraced in it's totality. I didn't go to the extreme of water raising it, which would exaggerate the effect even further. It's really the method that high end fiddle makers use for their lumpy soundboards. It's a sharp scraper followed by one which is a little dull. Finish is brushed on shellac, cut back with fine pumice, mineral oil and the use of a shoe shine brush.
In contrast is another finish in which the spruce has been taken to 1000G and then burnished. It was then sealed with a very dilute sandarac resin solution and a few wipe on wipe off coats of home made oil varnish. It's an extremely thin finish, similar to the method that Aram uses.
Different approach, different appearance and certainly a different feel. One has a refined silky feel, yet it retains that close to the wood quality. The scraped finish has more visual interest (IMO) and it's texture results in a much more tactile finish. You just might have to suspend your belief in how a guitar soundboard should be finished though.
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