aaron, being as you only get one shot at it ...i`m kinda hesitant to offer advice.........so take this as a "try it on scrap" soak the piece to be stained with mineral spirits, stain while wet and immediately blow with compressed air.....the spirits will help keep the stain from soaking in as quickly and the air will do a better job of removing pigments from inaccessable areas than wiping.
it`s your carving so be carefull! tod
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