About OldWood

Welcome to OldWood Colours & Varnishes, where you can purchase directly the products you need in an easy, convenient and safe way. As usual, Old Wood offers the highest quality handcrafted products, manufactured using ancient formulas, and following current handling and labelling regulations. This way, you get the products used in the past, but fulfilling legal requirements.
 From the start of the design of an Old Wood product, we adapt them to be environmentally-friendly. With Old Wood, you are using the safest products for people and also your precious instruments.

Our History

Old Wood was founded in October 2001, making its formal debut at the MONDOMUSICA instrument fair in Cremona, Italy.

It aims to supply makers and restorers of stringed instruments with a complete range of top-quality finishing products to bring out the light, warmth and natural beauty of the wood while enhancing its acoustical properties.

We work with

Today, Old Wood is a leading specialist company. Its team of highly qualified artisans and technicians has experience in instrument manufacturing and industrial chemistry.

We collaborate with professionals to design new products for our catalogue and create exclusive formulations for our clients’ custom-made products.

Our 1700 System

Old Wood created the 1700 System, an easy-to-apply schematic process encompassing ground varnishes, glazes, oil varnishes and natural colours, which allows us to formulate a whole world of finishes used with any number of techniques.

The 1700 System strives to balance an instrument’s beauty and its musical quality while helping it to age nobly and elegantly and easing the task of the luthier. Old Wood uses carefully selected high-quality raw materials, and manufactures its products using traditional methods and following the most appropriate directions given in old manuscripts while applying strict quality controls