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What Is “The Art Of French Polishing”?

 

The Art Of French Polishing is a carefully crafted online video course designed to help you get started out on the right track as you begin to apply this natural finish to your precious guitars or to help you get Unstuck in your french polishing endeavors and begin to finally master the techniques used by some of the top luthiers and French Polishers in the world.

 

Luthier Tom Bills takes you step by step through his entire process of French Polishing a guitar. It’s not just a demo or a class presentation, it’s like being right there by his side for every step and every detail. No secret is held back as Tom openly and honestly reveals his approach to overcoming problems that arise and providing extremely detailed insight into his special technique largely based on his time studying with his mentor, master Fench Polisher; Eugene Clark.

Kathy Testimonail.fw” I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful French polishing course!! This will be my third time attempting any French polishing on my instruments and I can very confidently say that your videos have explained it all in the clearest, most detailed, and most practical way!!! I just love how you have broken down your process into all the little steps, and how you keep stressing the fact that it’s more an intuitive process than a systematic, set-in-stone process; that makes a lot of sense to me, and is making it a very enjoyable process.” – Kathy Matsushita – theamateurluthier.com

All Of The Instruction Without The Overwhelm

 

Even though this course is one of the most detailed and intensive references ever created, the entire process is broken down into bite-sized pieces efficiently organized for easy viewing and for quickly finding the information you need the first time you watch the course or anytime you need a quick refresher.

  • Organized – Over 10 hours of HD video beautifully organized into 10 simple units
  • Short Videos – Within each unit are beautifully recorded lessons to bring you through every step of Tom’s special process with most videos ranging from 5 – 10 min. long for a convenient & enjoyable learning experience.
  •  Easy Navigation – Each Lesson has clear and easy to navigate links for next, previous, course home, and even quick links in the sidebar to jump to any other lesson in the course.

 

 

2015-07-27_1314.fw” Thanks for a great course! I think it’s really methodically good too. You don’t just show off a lot of tricks, but you actually do a whole instrument with all potential things that can come up. Which is very good!! I’ve been watching every second of it!! 🙂 ” – Sveinung Lilleheier – Norway

Guitars Finished Using The Same Techniques You’ll Learn

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Your Instructor For This Course:

Tom Bills

Tom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom acoustic, classical, and archtop guitars since 1998. Tom’s guitars are considered to be among the best instruments ever made by collectors and players worldwide. He has written for many online and print publications including his books, “The Creation of the Natura Elite Archtop Guitar” and also “The Art Of Lutherie” Book/DVD Set published by Mel Bay Music. Tom currently spends his time crafting his unique guitars for his clients around the globe from his guitar making studio in St Louis, Missouri USA.

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christ.fw” The Art of Lutherie’s, The Art of French Polishing, is a comprehensive course of instruction that covers all aspects of this traditional finishing method, from materials and supplies to methods of application, as well as how to deal with the problems that beginners may encounter. The audio and video are superb, with close up shots of the finish being applied and all the steps required to master this process and develop your own technique that will work for each individual. No steps or secrets are left out. In fact, it has been distilled to a very easy and understandable step by step process that yields master grade results. The method is divided into logical steps, each with numerous concise and entertaining videos that can be watched multiple times. By the time I completed watching all the videos I was ready to head to the shop and correct all the mistakes I previously made doing French polish. Tom Bills is obviously a luthier who puts his heart and soul into every part of his work, and it shows in the quality of his instruments, as well as this course. ” – Christ Kacoyannakis – kacoyannakis.com

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What if you could avoid some of those struggles altogether with the right information?

jerod” Master’s of any art form make it look easy. Tom’s no exception here. But what Tom does in this course is make French Polishing a guitar something approachable. To get the immaculate finish Tom is able to get it’s a time-consuming process, but he walks you through every little piece with the patience and wisdom from years of perfecting his craft. ” – Jerod Quinn – USA

 

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Robin.fw” I have had the privilege of knowing Tom since he started the Art of Lutherie website (only virtually unfortunately). We collaborated – along with others – about the site and the possibility of on-line lessons and tutorials. Tom’s dedication to the art is beyond compare. I have followed his work as an artisan luthier as well as an on-line teacher and advisor ever since. His thoughtfulness towards building that first course was amazing and his attention to detail is admirable. So too is his willingness to share his hard-earned knowledge and that is no small gift. Now with his new offering of teaching his method of French Polishing guitars, he has taken the work to a new level. The quality of the video is excellent and the detail to the subject is phenomenal. I have watched all the lessons now once and I will view them again so that when I start my finishing my three newly built white instruments, I will have the ability to recall as well as follow along with Tom as I work through the process. The way in which these lessons were filmed is as if you were in the workshop with Tom. His style is conversational, yet thorough in every aspect of the process …even down to clever tips that he uses to problem solve. The links to product and suppliers is more than helpful and makes the whole daunting issue of French Polish a bit more attainable …at least with a generous amount of practice and effort, but then nothing worthwhile comes easy, as we are all aware. Thanks Tom for your dedication to Lutherie and your willingness to share with us all ” – Robin Lawless – Canada

French Polishing Doesn’t Have To Be Hard! It can be Easy, Fun, and Produce Beautiful Results when you have the right instruction to guide you.

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Karan-1.fw” As a luthier, my ongoing quest is to create the best quality instruments I can for my clients. The build process is a huge achievement in itself, but finishing a guitar is a whole different ball game! I am really not a fan of Nitro or other lacquer finishes – don’t like the look and definitely don’t enjoy the process of getting it on the guitar. Tom’s course on French Polishing is truly heaven sent in that regard. His quiet, soft spoken personality matches the mental make up required to get into French Polishing. He manages to enter a state of Zen while working, and that calm and patience carries into the quality of work he does. The course is very well explained, with tons of bits of information that you won’t find anywhere else. Tom encourages the viewer to dive into the process without fear, and breaks down the technique into simple steps. Personally, I am really liking the finish I’m getting with his help, and with a bit of practice things should be great! I don’t think there’s ever a chance that I’ll go back to nitro or oil finishes. French Polish is here to stay!! ” Karan Singh – Big Foot Guitars – India

About the Author

TomTom Bills has been hand crafting one of a kind custom guitars for the top players and collectors around the world since 1998. Tom is also the author of the guitar making book/DVD set - The Art Of Lutherie - published by Mel Bay, and has written for and been featured in may publications both in print and online as well as several television and film spots. You can view and learn more about his guitars by visiting his website: tbguitars.comView all posts by Tom →

  1. Karan
    Karan06-10-2015

    Hi Tom,

    Great stuff on this website – congrats!!

    Any news on the french polish course – is it available anytime soon??

    Thanks

    • Tom
      Tom06-15-2015

      Hi Karan,

      Yes! big news coming soon on the French Polishing course! I’m almost don’t after two years of work filming and putting it together. Make sure you sign up for the mailing list so you’ll be notified when I have more info to share. It will be very soon!! 🙂

      Tom

  2. mike t
    mike t06-19-2015

    Tom,
    I am very excited for the french polishing video course to come out.
    Mike

  3. Brandon Wood
    Brandon Wood06-21-2015

    Hey Tom,

    Your a big inspiration for me and I have admired your work but more important your attitude towards your passion and craft. There are no schools nor any luthiers near me to learn from or guide me. I have been seeking out knowledge where ever I can library s, book store’s, and the internet. Now finding out that you are starting your own site is very exciting and I can’t wait to see what more comes in the future. I hope to one day be as successful as you.

    Thanks
    Brandon W. Wood

    • Tom
      Tom06-25-2015

      Thanks Brandon!

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