Reiner Hammerl is the son of Josef Hammerl, who in 1938 opened a drugstore in Germany. Among the products he created himself were natural wood varnishes and stains that soon became well used by violin makers. When Reiner joined the company in 1954, the product line was well established as a leading varnish for instrument makers. Over the years they continued to add to the varnish in color and dyes and also added a line of stains and brushes created for musical instrument makers. The drugstore closed in 1992 but Reiner and his son Michael continue to produce the famous varnishes.
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