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Maker of Violins, Violas and Cellos

Cello of Thurmond's own pattern
Dedicated to my sister, Susan Ellen Knight Helms

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This instrument, completed in 2000, is named "Susan," for my sister. Linseed oil, used as a sealer,  required three weeks drying time by hanging the cello in the "sun" (such as it was here in Vermont in May).   Once dry, the colored spirit varnish layers went on and dried quickly.  16 coats of varnish were required to achieve the final color.  Susan was sold to one of my cello students who resides in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

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Spirit varnish was used, made with a number of gums and resins dissolved in alcohol.  14 hours of hand polishing brought the cello to its present luster.

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