What I want is simple, should be easy too, all I am looking for is perfection! The finish I am seeking is good protection that brings out the color of the wood but doesn't make the surface appear coated.
Right now I am playing with Spar Varnish, Mineral Spirits , and BLO. Tried three equal parts, seems like too oily so I am going to cut back on the BLO probably try 2-2-1 next time and work back and forth from there. However first things first, I have a bit of an issue with muddy areas and discoloration when sanding, especially when turnings have bark inclusions. Considering the finish I want to go over the top with, what can I use to seal before sanding? What about a sanding lubricant?
Pretty lousy picture, most of what looks like caked up crud is actually glare, the check in the lower knot needs cleaning, but this is where I am at now. Surface finish OK after a Beall buffing, would have been better had I not bounced the bowl on the concrete a few times when I dropped it after the white diamond stage. The line near the upper knot is a deep scratch.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!