Thought I would share this. 1st pic is a piece of aspen in its natural form about 9 months seasoned. 2nd pic is the same stick outer bark sanded off and 1 coat of boiled linseed oil applied. Oil sure did darken it up, not sure I like it that dark. Anything you carve into it is definitely going to pop with contrast though. Moral to the story, when in doubt about how the finish will look test a piece.
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