First coat of Cashew Varnish to this guitar . Cashew is an oil varnish of alkyd resin with cashew resin with unique qualities I have found in no other varnish , made in Japan .
The wood of the back and sides is very old . I stopped counting year rings at 750 ; I estimate the tree could have been 900 or more years old. This wood was given to me as Hinoki from mountains of Taiwan , a very special piece . The redwood is from salvage , also old .