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I typically stain then poly. But sometimes I have a local artist finish with paint.

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Both are very nice.

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I like the first one the best. Even though the second one looks good, the first one looks better to me.
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The first one is too shiny, the second just right. Might be the flash or lighting, great carvings both.
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I rarely use stain and I have never used poly in the nearly 50 years I've done woodworking. Nitrocellulose lacquer is my go-to finish but I also do French polish with Shellac. Seem to recall I used a marine varnish at least once on a Teak boat console years ago. When I do the photo v-carve and some other types of carvings that need an emphasis to make them 'pop' I use a glazing stain over sealer before shooting the top coat of lacquer.

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It really depends on the project and usage.

A well applied poly takes days to do but is rock hard and extremely durable. A lacquer finish takes almost no time in comparison and is pretty durable. Tung/Danish oil give a beautiful natural finish that needs to be reapplied every so often. Shellac finish is another beautiful natural finish that takes time and some finesse to get it right.

My preference is tung or Danish oil. It really brings out the wood grain and in my opinion a more softer look which I like.
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